Lockheed Martin Australia and Acacia Research have joined forces to work on the Royal Australian Navy’s Future Submarine project, SEA 1000.
Under the project, 12 next-generation submarines will replace Australia’s six existing Collins-class boats. SEA 1000 is expected to be the Australian government’s largest-ever single defence project.
The two companies will work together with Lockheed Martin Australia leading the overall management in developing an advanced combat system while applying Acacia Research’s research into generic combat systems.
“To meet the Royal Australian Navy’s requirements for its Future Submarine combat system, Lockheed Martin has continued its practice of building an experienced team with core and specialty capabilities from the Australian defence industry,” said Paul Johnson, CEO of Lockheed Martin Australia.
“Teaming with Acacia Research brings together world-class expertise in submarine combat system open architectures, underwater acoustics processing, tactical data management systems and systems engineering.”
Since the 1960s, Lockheed Martin has provided the U.S. and international navies with high-performance, affordable and supportable combat systems for nuclear and diesel electric submarines.
The company now focuses on an open systems architecture that leverages technology proven on the U.S. Navy’s Virginia, Seawolf and Los Angeles class submarines.
Based in Adelaide, Acacia Research is a leader in submarine tactical data management and sensor data fusion techniques, as well as underwater environmental modeling, system architectures and integration.