Naval Group has today launched its first ‘local manufacturing package’ expression of interest (EOI) to Australian industry, which will see the manufacturing of specialised submarine equipment take place in Australia.
As part of a package expected to be worth almost $900 million, this is the first of many local packages to be offered throughout the life of the 50-year program. These specialised pieces of equipment include the steering gear system, weapons-handling system, and main shaft line, and will support hundreds of Australian jobs.
In contrast to previous submarine builds that have involved manufacturing similar equipment overseas, this project will deliver increased capability, technology and capacity in Australia.
Jean-Michel Billig, Naval Group’s executive vice-president for Australian Future Submarine, said, “This package, the first of many, demonstrates our clear commitment to Australian industry and will lead to increased manufacturing capability in Australia and local jobs.
“This is a milestone day for this program, Naval Group and Australian manufacturers.
“Importantly, through this manufacturing occurring in Australia, local business capability will be enhanced for generations, meaning the legacy of this program goes beyond the regionally-superior submarines we will deliver.”
Naval Group Australia chief executive officer John Davis said, “The release of the EOI marks the start of a competitive selection process for Australian capability partners to deliver specialised submarine equipment to the Attack Class program.”
“Our team has been working closely with local industry to prepare for the significant work that is required to deliver these submarines, and the selection of our capability partners will mark another significant milestone achievement for Australian industry and the program.”
The EOI process will run until 16 November.