Lockheed Martin Australia - Future Submarine



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Ariane Lopes
Supply Chain Manager Defence ICNSA
+61 435 962 688
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Jeff Camburn, ICN SA
+61 8 8303 2054
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  Locations: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA Australia
  Project Status: Design
  Project Owner Lockheed Martin Australia

Project Details


Future Submarine Combat System Program


Lockheed Martin Australia is the combat system integrator for Australia's Future Submarine Program, partnering with the Department of Defence and Naval Group to design and integrate the combat system for the future fleet.


Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) is committed to maximising opportunities for Australian industry involvement through all phases of the Future Submarine Program and are seeking interest from industry to inform the design phase of the program. 


The Future Submarine Combat System Program presents an opportunity for Australian Industry to participate in an exciting and strategically important program to build and maintain an enduring and regionally superior Australian submarine capability. This is a long Program and the technological solutions potentially sought may not necessarily have been invented yet. Therefore, Research and Development (R&D) will play an integral function in the successful delivery of the Program.


LMA invites companies to register their interest in participating in the Combat System Program for consideration to receive Request for Quotation for systems and subsystems as detailed below. 

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Research and Development (R&D)

The Research and Development (R&D) program has been developed to support and respond to the short- and long-term capability and technology needs for the Future Submarine Program.


The R&D Program aims to:

•Drive capability improvement over the life of the Future Submarine

•Meet the Future Submarine’s lifecycle operational needs

•Support the establishment of an Australian industrial capability necessary to support the build, operation and sustainment of the Future Submarine.


Please see document below for detailed information regarding R&D program pathway.


Naval Group of France was announced as Australia's international partner for the design of the Future Submarine in April 2016 and a Design and Mobilisation Contract was signed on  30 September 2016. To register interest in becoming a supplier to Naval Group click HERE.


For more information on the Future Submarine Program click HERE.

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Project Documents


Research and Development Program

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LMA FSP R&D Pathway
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Work Packages


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Note: The closing date/s for expressions of interest shown below are subject to change.

OPEN LISTINGS    AWARDED    CLOSED LISTINGS    OTHER
OPEN FOR EOI    INCOMPLETE EOI    EOI COMPLETED
STATUS   COMBAT SYSTEM    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
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01 Combat System Infrastructure and Architecture29 Jun 201701 Jun 2022 
This includes processing, consoles, enclosure and cables. Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
02 On-board Systems Training05 Sep 201701 Jun 2022 
Write training materials and user manuals for on-board systems. The delivery of user-based training using simulation tools and techniques.
03 Navigation Sensors and Processing29 Jun 201701 Jun 2022 
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
04 Underwater Communications29 Jun 201701 Jun 2022 
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
05 Acoustic Sensors and Processing29 Jun 201701 Jun 2022 
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
06 Electronic Warfare (EW) / Electronic Support Measures (ESM) / Visual Sensors and Processing29 Jun 201701 Jun 2022 
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
07 Australian Tactical Software Applications29 Jun 201701 Jun 2022 
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
08 External and Internal Communications and Sensors29 Jun 201701 Jun 2022 
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
09 Combat System Support and Engineering Services29 Jun 201701 Jun 2022 
Certification, Modelling, Reqts Analysis, Simulation.
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
10 Other Products/Subsystems / Research and Development29 Jun 201701 Jun 2022 
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
STATUS   RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
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FSP-CS-RT-112 Integration of SATCOM bearers in a single antenna payload15 Jun 202015 Jul 2020 
This R&D activity is to explore novel methods or technologies to provide Narrowband (UHF), Wideband (SHF) and GPS satellite communication bearers in a single highly SWaP constrained mast-based antenna payload. In particular this R&D activity would explore the receive performance of the system across a range of motion environments and elevation angles for each of the supported bearers.

R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-121 Console design in-line with and beyond state-of-the-art currently developed for ships15 Jun 202015 Jul 2020 
Combat System Consoles serve as a critical means of interaction between the crew and the various sensor, array, alerts, control, and communication interfaces comprising a state of the art submarine Combat System. The key enabling solutions, including displays, operator input devices, supporting processing, and networking technologies rapidly evolve. This presents challenges for both managing technological obsolescence and deploying new capabilities to a long service life submarine platform. Furthermore, fixed operator footprints and structures may constrain the evolution of the Console solution.

This R&D activity seeks innovative approaches to; 1. Mitigating some of the challenges encountered with fixed console solutions as technologies evolve, or 2. Looking beyond present console architectures while providing the same level of information display, control and situational awareness offered to individual operators and to the entire complement of on-watch crew.

R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-122 Innovative ways to manage cables15 Jun 202015 Jul 2020 
Cable and cable interconnect interfaces must reliably provide critical system connectivity throughout a range of challenging operating conditions. Often maintenance, repair, modification, and replacement activities are constrained by limited physical access. Furthermore, high performance and high reliability cable interconnect interfaces and repair parts can be bulky, expensive, and subject to long lead times.

This R&D activity seeks to explore novel methods of joining cable interfaces, managing cable interfaces or enabling easily upgradeable cable solutions over the life of the platform. Proposed solutions should investigate options to improve upon one or more of the above noted challenges, including size, weight, maintenance, ease of access, management of high cable and cable interconnect density, interconnect lead time, and total cost. Consideration should be given to overall cable interface and cable management system performance and reliability.

R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-29 Feasibility of small form-factor multi-function ESA for Electronic Support and Comms15 Jun 202015 Jul 2020 
Investigate the feasibility of small form-factor, multi-function, Electronically Steered Array (ESA) for Electronic Support (ES) and Communications in submarine environment.
Electronically Steered Arrays (ESAs) provide a key enabler for consolidation of RF functionality (Radar, Communications (Comms), Electronic Attack (EA) and Electronic Support (ES)) by sharing antenna apertures. ESAs are becoming more prolific on surface naval vessels in a variety of applications and have been developed for submarine wideband SATCOM applications. However, surface vessel systems tend to have a large size, weight and power - cooling (SWAP-C) footprint when compared to the SWAP-C constrained environment of a submarine.

This R&D activity seeks to explore novel approaches to achieve ESA shared ES/Comms apertures in the SWAP-C constrained environment of a submarine, to extend the application of ESAs beyond wideband SATCOM.

R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-59 Instantaneous 360 video - Miniaturisation of optical bench15 Jun 202015 Jul 2020 
This R&D Topic would investigate the feasibility to develop an instantaneous 360 degree video stream to help improve the instantaneous situational awareness for operators. The research will need to focus on improving the range whilst maintaining an appropriate physical signature.
R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-97 Methods for improving cyber resilience of container orchestration environments15 Jun 202015 Jul 2020 
Methods for improving the resilience of container orchestration environments to protect against threats both at the network layer and from within malicious or compromised containers. May include a review of existing research and studies into methods for managing trust boundaries within container orchestration environments (both singular and federated). Study would need to include the trade-offs (performance, network throughput, etc) for various solutions based on differing threat models.

Additional work could include attacks designed to manipulate orchestrator behaviour and reduce performance of the overall system. For example: use of resources designed to manipulate allocation of containers to particular nodes, resulting in degradation of system performance.

R&D deliverable's will include a report comprising a detailed literature review of the relevant areas and methods; identification and evaluation of appropriate models and methods; a detailed plan proposing future research; and the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
Unsolicited White Papers - Research and Development Program07 Aug 201931 Jan 2021 
Industry is able to develop at-risk an unsolicited white paper for consideration by the FSP-CSI R&D Program. The R&D topic may be derived by industry but is recommended to be in alignment with one of the research areas identified in the R&D program pathway document.

Prior to developing an unsolicited white paper, please consider the following:

- The unsolicited white paper will not be funded by the FSP-CSI R&D Program.
- A delay may be experienced given the administrative burden involved with out of cycle proposals.
- The FSP-CSI R&D Program may reject the white paper if not in alignment with the program.
- The FSP-CSI R&D Program has the authority to use the high-level idea (not the proposed research) as a topic for broader industry response as part of the standard pathway.

For further information refer to the R&D program pathway document on the ICN page or contact the program.
FSP-CS-RT-1 Automatic detection of passive acoustic contacts 

Full scope has been awarded to:

Acacia Systems

Ph: +61 8 8345 1801
5 Butler Drive
HENDON SA, 5014
Australia

L3 Harris - Ocean Systems

Ph: +61 8 9888 8888
18 Kingston Heath Mews
Jandakot WA, 6164
Australia

Curtin University

Kent Street
BENTLEY, WA
Australia 6102
Phone: +61 892 66 3950
Fax: +61 892 66 3048
Email: andrew.bell@curtin.edu.au
Web: http://research.curtin.edu.au/

Novel methods to improve the automated detection and tracking of passive acoustic contacts.

This R&D activity seeks to improve and ideally automate the passive acoustic localisation (range and bearing) of contacts from a moving host including low signal to noise ratio scenarios. The goals include identifying novel methods to reduce the time from sensor to ear, increase the sensitivity of detection, and improve the accuracy of localisation. The R&D should consider different levels of background noise, the changing propagation environment, and other effects pertaining to host vessel motion.
FSP-CS-RT-2 High resolution underwater surveys 

Full scope has been awarded to:

3D at Depth Pty Ltd

Address: Level 8
256 St Georges Terrace
Perth 6000 WA, Australia
Hours: 9-5 Australian Western Time
Email: APACSALES@3datdepth.com
Phone: +61 8 6336 0222

An investigation into novel methods and technologies for high resolution surveys.

This R&D activity will explore novel methods and technologies relevant to high resolution underwater surveys focussing on improved situational awareness for surfacing submarines and precision navigation in shallow waters. The aim is to provide improvements in: resolution/distortion; operational depth and area of coverage; and storage and processing performance. The host vessel / submarine may be stationary or moving and there is no assumption of on-board versus off-board systems. Techniques to explore could include but are not to be limited to mosaicing, Structure from Motion (SFM), and photogrammetry.
FSP-CS-RT-3 Optical detection and identification of above water objects 

Full scope has been awarded to:

Acacia Systems

Ph: +61 8 8345 1801
5 Butler Drive
HENDON SA, 5014
Australia

THALES AUSTRALIA

7 Murray Rose Avenue
Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
Australia 2127
Phone: +61 02 8037 6000
Email: jacquie.mikhail@thalesgroup.com.au
Web: www.thalesgroup.com

Sentient Vision Systems Pty Ltd

Unit 1
85 Salmon Street
Port Melbourne, VIC
Australia 3207
Phone: +61 3 9646 3331
Email: marketing@sentientvision.com
Web: www.sentientvision.com

Novel methods to improve the optical detection, recognition and identification of above water objects using near sea surface sensors.
This R&D activity seeks to identify novel methods and technologies that improve, ideally via the use of automating, aspects of the detection, recognition and identification of above water objects utilising the sensors mounted in a submarine\'s periscope, however, other novel covert methods should also be considered. The objective is to improve performance under challenging sea-air boundary conditions. Proposed methods must be cognisant of detectability, as well as Size, Weight and Power (SWAP). The R&D may consider enhancements to systems and sensors, and incorporation of state of the art technologies in terms of machine vision/cognition.
FSP-CS-RT-6 Improved communications with and between submarines 

Full scope has been awarded to:

L3 Harris - Oceania

Ph: +61 8 9888 8888
18 Kingston Heath Mews
Jandakot WA, 6164
Australia

UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

The University Of Melbourne
MELBOURNE, VIC
Australia 3000
Phone: (003) 8344 0941

Methods and technologies to improve communications with and between submarines.

The aim of this R&D activity is to identify methods and technologies that improve the performance of external submarine communications, both underwater to other submerged units, and to surface units consistent with the idea of a networked fleet. The dimensions of performance include bandwidth, throughput, range, error, error resilience, and latency. The research may include quantum techniques and explore burst communications. Proposed solutions must also be cognisant of detectability, as well as Size, Weight and Power (SWAP).
FSP-CS-RT-7 Operational concepts for uninhabited and autonomous systems 

Full scope has been awarded to:

THALES AUSTRALIA

7 Murray Rose Avenue
Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
Australia 2127
Phone: +61 02 8037 6000
Email: jacquie.mikhail@thalesgroup.com.au
Web: www.thalesgroup.com

THE FLINDERS UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Sturt Road
BEDFORD PARK, SA
Australia 5042
Phone: +61 8 8201 5029
Email: csem.placements@flinders.edu.au
Web: www.flinders.edu.au/seplacements

The identification of novel operational concepts associated with the use of uninhabited and autonomous systems by a submarine.

Uninhabited and Autonomous Systems (UxV) are rapidly emerging technologies with a potential to provide operational benefits for submarines. This R&D activity is to identify novel operational concepts related to the use of UxVs by submarines. The research can consider solutions for both recoverable and disposable systems that vary in size consistent with existing submarine ejection systems, such as torpedo tubes, signal ejectors, and payload bays. The objective is to identify operational scenarios and benefits in the use of UxVs, as well as areas where further research and development may be required. The research may also consider operational methods that support the control of multiple UxV systems through supervisor \'on-the-loop\' technologies.
FSP-CS-RT-8 Submarine and emergency forces video communications 

Full scope has been awarded to:

L3 Harris - Oceania

Ph: +61 8 9888 8888
18 Kingston Heath Mews
Jandakot WA, 6164
Australia

Improving the performance of video communications for use between a submarine and rescue forces.

This R&D activity is to investigate how to improve the performance (such as bandwidth, range and latency) of video communications between a submarine and rescue forces in the event of an emergency. The R&D should consider a variety of undersea environments, and a variety of emergency scenarios. The R&D will need to explore the art of the possible with the communications link as well as be cognisant of the Size, Weight and Power (SWAP) issues.
FSP-CS-RT-9 Improved performance of bathymetric probes 

Full scope has been awarded to:

Bluezone Group

21 Huntingdale Drive
THORNTON, NSW
Australia 2322
Phone: +61 2 4964 3500
Fax: +61 2 4964 3555
Email: sales@bzg.com.au
Web: www.bzg.com.au

An investigation into methods and technologies for improving the performance of submarine launched bathymetric probes.

This R&D activity is to investigate how to improve the performance of submarine launched bathymetric probes with respect to their operating speed, accuracy, and operator confidence in their use. Proposed solutions must also be cognisant of detectability, existing submarine ejection systems (e.g. signal ejectors) as well as Space, Weight and Power and Cooling (SWAP-C).