The first local manufacturing package’ for specialised submarine parts has been issued to Australian manufacturers by France’s Naval Group, the builder of Australia’s new Attack class submarines.
The package, an expression of Interest (EOI) is a major milestone for Naval Group and Australian defence industry, and came the same day the company’s new Port Adelaide base was been officially opened by defence minister Linda Reynolds.
The package is the first of many local packages to be offered throughout the life of the 50 year programme and has a value of $900 million.
The EOI is for specialised pieces of equipment including the steering gear system, weapons handling system and main shaft line and will support hundreds of Australian jobs.
Naval Group Executive Vice-president Jean-Michel Billig said that this significant package of work demonstrated Naval Group’s real action to maximise Australian capability and involvement as well as benefit local manufacturing and jobs.
Billig said: “Ever since Naval Group has been chosen as strategic partner for the Attack-class submarine program, we have had a strong focus on ensuring that significant benefits are delivered to Australians and local industry through the 50-year programme.
“This is a milestone day for this programme, 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.”
The EOI process will run until 16 November with businesses encouraged to apply to be a partner or sign up to the Industry Capability Network (ICN) to receive regular updates.
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