SEA 1000 Future Submarine Program partners announced
Last week the Australian Government announced the next generation of submarines for the Royal Australian Navy would be constructed at the Adelaide shipyard, with DCNS of France as the preferred international partner for the design of the 12 Future Submarines.
The announcement follows a comprehensive competitive evaluation process involving proposals from DCNS, TKMS of Germany and the Government of Japan.
The Future Submarine project—the largest and most complex defence acquisition Australia has undertaken to date—will form a vital part of Australia’s defence capability.
The commitment to an Australian build will create a sustainable Australian naval shipbuilding industry and, in addition to securing approximately 1100 Australian jobs, this $50 billion investment is set to generate a further 1700 jobs through the national supply chain.
Subject to further commercial discussions, the design of the Future Submarine with DCNS will begin later this year to meet Australia’s unique national security requirements, as detailed in the 2016 Defence White Paper.