Future Submarine Program
"Submarines are a powerful instrument for deterring conflict and a potent weapon should conflict occur." (Defence White Paper 2016)
The Commonwealth Government announced in the Defence White Paper 2016 that it would double the size of the current fleet of Collins submarines by procuring 12 Future Submarines at a cost of more than $50b - the largest Defence procurement program in Australia’s history.
Key strategic requirements for the Future Submarine are:
Range and endurance similar to the Collins.
Stealth and sensor performance superior to the Collins.
Upgraded versions of AN/BYG-1 combat system and Mk 48 heavyweight torpedo.
The Future Submarine Program aims to deliver Australia a regionally superior submarine capability, which will be built, operated and sustained with sovereignty. The program therefore seeks to ensure that the Australian industrial capability necessary to support the build, operation and sustainment of the Future Submarine is established. This will involve maximising the involvement of Australian industry in all phases of the Program without unduly compromising capability, cost or schedule.
All submarines will be built in Australia at the Submarine Construction Yard, Osborne, South Australia. The first submarine will begin service in the early 2030s with construction of the last submarine in the 2050s with sustainment continuing until the 2080s. For further information on the naval shipbuilding plan click HERE.
Naval Group was announced as the Future Submarine Platform Systems Integrator for the design of the Future Submarine in April 2016 and the Submarine Design Contract was signed 1st March 2019. To register interest in becoming a supplier to Naval Group, click HERE
Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) was announced as the Future Submarine Combat System Integrator in September 2016 and the Design Build and Integration Contract was signed 12 January 2018. To register interest in becoming a supplier to LMA, click HERE
Laing O'Rourke was announced as the managing contractor for the construction of Submarine Construction Yard in December 2018. To register interest in becoming a supplier to Laing O'Rouke, click HERE.
New Defence Industry Security Program
As of 9 April 2019, industry members hoping to become Defence-ready no longer require sponsorship to enter the security program. To learn more, visit the Defence Industry Security Program website.