Naval Group has released expressions of interest and requests for information to help get Australian industry involved in the country’s $50-billion Future Submarines Program.
So far, around 130 companies have been pre-qualified by Naval Group to be part of the program, which is expected to generate an annual average of 2,800 jobs.
Opportunities exist for Australian industry to provide everything from electrical, mechanical, heating and air conditioning equipment, to castings, steel and titanium products.
“The Turnbull Government is committed to a sovereign naval shipbuilding capability and this includes 12 regionally superior submarines for our Navy,” said Defence Industry minister Christopher Pyne.
“These submarines will be built in Australia, by Australians, which will maximise local industry involvement in all phases of the Program.”
The survey aims to collect industry know-how to supply products and technologies required to manufacture and sustain the Future Submarines in Australia.
“These are the first major equipment information requests released by Naval Group, with more scheduled for release progressively throughout 2018, and complemented by the continuation of industry briefing days,” Pyne added.
Interested parties have until January 5, 2018, to respond via the Future Submarine Industry Capability Network Gateway.