Naval Group partnership pushes industry to new levels

A signing of the Future Submarine Program Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) by the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) and Naval Group will create quicker advances in the industry and more jobs.

The agreement, signed in the presence of Prime Minister Scott Morrison on February 11, sets out the principles of cooperation between the two partners for the Attack class Submarine Program.

It will see the delivery of 12 regionally superior submarines to Australia, and the delivery of new technologies and advanced manufacturing capabilities to Australia – introducing the next phase of Australian sovereignty as a submarine nation.

Thousands of direct and indirect Australian jobs will also be created and long-term planning certainty for industry will allow Australian companies involved in the submarine program to invest in the capabilities needed to support their involvement in construction and sustainment activities.

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Naval Group chairman Herve Guillou said the agreement with Australia will see Naval Group transfer the “know-how” and “know-why” to Australia to become an sovereign submarine nation.

“We are very excited about the opportunities that lay ahead of us and are committed to delivering the Future Submarine Program for Australia.

“We are grateful to the teams from the Commonwealth of Australia and Naval Group who have worked hard to achieve this agreement,” said Guillou.

Since being selected as Australia’s partner for the Attack class Submarine Program in April 2016, a lot has been achieved.

Program milestones include:

  • Pre-sizing of the Future Submarine has been completed.
  • The Feasibility Study phase of the Future Submarine design contract being undertaken in France with the support of Australian engineers has been completed. This involves working closely with the Commonwealth to ensure the Future Submarine meets functionality, scheduling and cost requirements.
  • The first sod has been turned at the Future Submarine construction yard in Adelaide. Phase 1 of the onsite works will focus on site establishment, earth works and piling for the new facilities with the development to create at least 600 jobs.
  • The transfer of technology commenced with the relocation of the first group of Australian engineers to France to learn how to carry out the detailed design of the Future Submarines. The next group of engineers will depart for France in March 2019.
  • Officially opened the Future Submarine Program office in Cherbourg housing Naval Group personnel alongside their Defence and Lockheed Martin Australia colleagues.
  • Continued to work with education facilities, TAFEs and universities, having forged a collaborative engineering and research Memorandum of Understanding with the University of New South Wales.
  • Suppliers of the top five pieces of equipment including the main motor, diesel generators, switchboards, batteries and weapons discharge systems have been reviewed and will be announced in 2019.