Defence Minister Kevin Andrews will discuss Australia’s next generation submarine project in France and Germany while on a European trip to commemorate the centenary of World War One.
No decision has been made on who will build the submarines, where they will be built or how much Australian industry will be involved in the project.
However, it is likely that there will be some degree of foreign involvement. The government is considering interest from Japan, France, and Germany, with Japan considered the favourite.
“During my visit, I will meet with my French and German counterparts and industry leaders to discuss their involvement in the competitive evaluation process for Australia’s future submarine programme, emphasising the need to maximise Australian industry involvement,” Andrews (pictured) said in a statement.
“As the government announced on 20 February this year both French and German industries have been invited by the Australian Government to participate in the competitive evaluation process for the future submarine programme.
“For Australian industry to have the best opportunity to maximise their involvement in the future submarine programme they need to work with an international partner.
“The future submarine programme is the largest Defence procurement programme in Australia’s history and represents a $50 billion investment in Australia’s safety and security. It is vital that we get this program right so our Navy has the right capability to support them.”