First Australian partners for submarine major equipment design announced

Two Australian businesses will fulfil major equipment design contracts for the Attack Class Submarine program.

The agreement covers the first Australian partners for such contracts on the Attack Class Submarine program.

The two businesses selected are Berendsen Fluid Power and H & H Machine Tools.

The two companies will work alongside Pinette Emidecau Industries and Starrag Group to be the design authority and manage the local manufacturing of medium capacity presses, as well as a large-capacity milling machine.

According to a statement from Naval Group Australia, the prime contractor for the Attack Class Submarines, these contracts are the largest signed to date, and cover $20 million worth of work.

In implementing the large capacity milling machines, these will be the largest milling machines in Australia, and will form the submarine’s hull parts.

The medium and high capacity presses will share the steel for the hull and bulkhead of the submarines.

According to John Davis, CEO of Naval Group Australia, the project will allow these companies to develop long-term capabilities.

“These partnerships will result in the creation of an enduring Australian capability, not currently in existence. Both H.H and Berendsen will be involved in the equipment’s full life cycle, and be transferred the knowledge, skills, documentation and tools to ensure they become the in-country sustainment partners for the next 50 years,” he said.

Other projects the companies will be involved in are the manufacturing of equipment including electrical cabinets, wiring, and hydraulics.

Managing director of H & H Machine Tools, Thomas Hegmann, noted how the contract would affect his business.

“For a small Australian company to have the opportunity to work with such a renowned international supplier is really something. We now have a huge opportunity to grow to support all of the components we will have to make, from people to factories to machinery.

“My advice to other Australian suppliers is be a specialist and find your niche. You can’t do everything. You have to be good at what you do and go for it,” he said.