"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 and procure 12 Future Submarines at a cost of more than $50b - the largest Defence procurement program in Australias 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 Mod 7 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, schedule or risk.
All submarines will be built in Australia at Techport in Adelaide. 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 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
Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) was announced as the Future Submarine Combat System Integrator in September 2016 and a Combat System Integrator contract was signed on 17 November 2016. To register interest in becoming a supplier to LMA, click HERESHOW LESS