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Lockheed Martin Australia calls for submarine combat system innovation proposals

Lockheed Martin Australia has released a further call for innovation proposals relating to the com bat system of the RAN’s new Attack-class submarines. Photo: Defence.

Lockheed Martin Australia’s Rotary and Missions Systems business, which is prime contractor for the combat system on the RAN’s Attack-class submarines, has issued a new call for innovation proposals related to the submarines. The company has released eight new R&D topics:

  • Underwater communications
  • Visualization of bioluminescence data
  • Above-water laser communications
  • Novel recovery approaches for submarine-launched UUVs and UAVs
  • Intelligent Mission recording
  • Anti-fouling and anti-corrosion treatments
  • Visual sensor performance prediction
  • Asset maintenance techniques

Lockheed Martin Australia’s purpose is to support and respond to the short- and long-term capability and technology needs of the Attack-class submarine program. Its focus is to generate R&D topics, grow industry capability and enable ongoing research.

The company’s four-step approach is to, first, generate R&D topics; then solicit Expressions of Interest in developing funded White Papers on a specific technology or idea; then fund Ongoing Capability Research; and finally enter a Capability Maturation Phase. Lockheed Martin Australia is looking for responses from industry and academia with the goa of improving the capability of the Attack-class submarines and growing the capabilities of Australian industry.

Additional information can be found on the company’s ICN page.

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