Australian industry will benefit from some $900 millions-worth of work packages for the ATTACK class Future Submarine Program, creating new opportunities for Australian businesses.
The Australian Government and Naval Group Australia have launched a new campaign seeking Expressions of Interest from Australian industry to become Australian Capability Partners for the manufacture of 23 major items of equipment.
This work has been assessed by Naval Group as being worth up to $900 million across the 12 boat fleet.
“As we approach the preliminary design in January 2021, this is a critical phase of the program where we are in the process of designing and selecting more than a million submarine parts that need to work perfectly together,” said Minister for Defence, Senator Linda Reynolds. “The skills and knowledge to manufacture this equipment and others will progressively be transferred to Australian industry as work packages are released to industry as part of the Government’s sovereignty objectives.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said manufacturing such essential pieces of equipment in Australia supported Australian jobs and built confidence in the Australian defence industry.
“The decision to manufacture these essential pieces of equipment in Australia demonstrates our commitment to create new opportunities and jobs for Australian businesses,” she said.
“This is a significant step in the right direction to build up Australian capability in the Morrison Government’s Future Submarine Program.”