Lockheed Martin Australia - Future Submarine



Contact Details


  Jeremy Satchell
  (08) 8429 2990
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  Jeff Camburn, ICN SA
  (08) 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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Research and Development Program

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LMA FSP R&D Pathway
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Work Packages


To submit an expression of interest, select the icon next to the work package scope you are interested in.
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 171 Jun 20 
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 Training5 Sep 171 Jun 20 
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 171 Jun 20 
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
04 Underwater Communications29 Jun 171 Jun 20 
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
05 Acoustic Sensors and Processing29 Jun 171 Jun 20 
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 171 Jun 20 
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
07 Australian Tactical Software Applications29 Jun 171 Jun 20 
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
08 External and Internal Communications and Sensors29 Jun 171 Jun 20 
Please continue with your Expression of Interest to detail your company scope of interest.
09 Combat System Support and Engineering Services29 Jun 171 Jun 20 
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 171 Jun 20 
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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Unsolicited White Papers - Research and Development Program7 Aug 1930 Jun 20 
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

274 Victoria Road
RYDALMERE, NSW
Australia 2116
Phone: +61 2 9848 3500
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: (03) 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

274 Victoria Road
RYDALMERE, NSW
Australia 2116
Phone: +61 2 9848 3500
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: jenny.taylor@uvs.com.au
Web: www.uvs.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).
FSP-CS-RT-13 Emerging technologies for improved autonomous celestial navigation6 Aug 192 Sep 19 
This R&D activity is to explore new technologies and algorithms that will improve autonomous celestial navigation whilst maintaining a covert posture. This R&D activity is not to limit itself to clear night sky situations but to explore the potential for celestial navigation under a variety of sky conditions including broad daylight through the consideration of different spectral bands and image processing techniques capable of detecting extremely weak signals in noise. Two key objectives are time for position reckoning (ideally even compared to GPS) and a more accurate position and heading determination. The system is to be as autonomous as possible in operation but able to explain the quality of the result (and hence error levels) obtained.

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-24 Distributed underwater sensor networks and their impact on submarine operations6 Aug 192 Sep 19 
Historically underwater sensor network have been wired networks and involve a high cost and significant engineering effort. Advances in technology offer the potential for ad-hoc wireless sensor networks that may be static and include dynamic components when one considers underwater drones such as gliders.

The purpose of this investigation is to explore the state of the art in regards to underwater sensor networks, to consider how this will affect submarine operations and to explore methods and technologies for counter-detection.

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; an the identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-65 Novel methods to integrate compressive sensing techniques6 Aug 192 Sep 19 
Nyquist-Shannon sampling theorem for digital signal processing requires the sampling rate to be at least two times the signal bandwidth to enable perfect reconstruction, however this is limited by the maximum sampling rate of ADC's and leads to large data rates and storage requirements particularly for multiple channel systems. 'Compressed Sensing' or 'Compressive Sensing' contradicts the traditional approaches using novel signal processing techniques which enable acquisition and reconstruction of signals by exploiting signal sparsity using incoherent sampling. This allows signals to be reconstructed from lower sampling rates than Nyquist.

The R&D Topic would investigate novel signal analysis methods to integrate compressive sensing techniques.

R&D deliverable 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 identification of suitable measures of effectiveness and/or measures of performance to help quantify the value of the research.
FSP-CS-RT-68 Novel methods to monitor track and efficiently manage power within racks6 Aug 1911 Sep 19 
Rack-based computing and other electronic equipment, operating remotely and off-grid, require a high level of availability and rapid response to changing workload demands, with minimal human intervention. The research shall seek to investigate novel methods to monitor, track and efficiently manage power within a Size, Weight, Power & Cooling (SWAP-C) constrained environment leveraging known off-the-shelf power measurement and switching hardware.

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-73 Use of advanced materials and fabrication processes to overcome SWAP-C constraints6 Aug 192 Sep 19 
Size, Weight, Power & Cooling (SWAP-C) represents important constraints within a submarine environment. The purpose of this research is to identify and investigate advanced materials and fabrication processes and their applications for the combat system of a submarine that could help overcome SWAP-C constraints. Applications could include, for example: the removal of condensation within cabinets, reduction of space requirements within server rooms, improved heat transfer techniques; improved air flow; and visual recognition of hardware within cabinets without the need to impact air flow.

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-79 Investigation into real-time monitoring of human performance6 Aug 194 Sep 19 
Submariners are responsible for operating cognitively demanding and complex systems across extended periods. This R&D activity would investigate the ability to non-intrusively monitor fatigue, situation awareness and workload in real-time using quantitative measures to assist with the distribution of tasks among operators and develop methods to define expected trends in workloads associated with tasks to support effective decision-making.

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-80 Smart driven dynamic reallocation of computing resources based on compute demands6 Aug 192 Sep 19 
This R&D Topic would look to explore the ability to automate the reallocation or instantiation of virtualised resources based on predictive algorithms. The research could focus on improving the allocation of computing capacity requirements in advance to better prepare.

R&D deliverables will include a report comprisng 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.