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Defence calls tender for HOBART-class life cycle manager

Defence has called tenders for the role of Capability Life Cycle Manager for the RAN’s three Hobart-class DDGs. The successful tenderer will support and sustain the destroyers through their lifespan, including an imminent $5.1 billion capability upgrade.

According to Minister for defence Industry Melissa Price MP,  the destroyers will be the first major RAN platform to have a Capability Life Cycle Manager, a further step in the realisation of the Future Maritime Sustainment Model under Plan Galileo – Defence’s new national, innovative approach to sustainment.

It follows the appointment of Raytheon as the Capability Life Cycle Manager for the new Arafura-class Offshore Patrol Vessels in December 2020.

An Industry Briefing will be held about the Hobart class destroyer Capability Life Cycle Manager on 4 November 2021.

Australia’s defence industry will act as a ‘steward’ for the Hobart class destroyers under a new approach to sustainment that will optimise their capability and create hundreds of jobs in South Australia, said Minister Price.

“This model builds on the success of our continuous naval shipbuilding initiative and has been designed to ensure we can continue to deliver complex naval capability at sea that is reliable and fit-for-purpose,” Minister Price said.

“It includes performing asset management for the capability and supporting the upgrade of their combat management system.

Tenders will need to be received on or before 21 January 2022. Further information is available on AusTender.

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