Over 320 Australian companies, research and development and educational institutions will gather in Perth today to be updated by key Future Submarine Program representatives on the program’s progress to date, future development plans and potential engagement opportunities.
The event is a joint briefing involving the Department of Defence, DCNS as the Platform System Integrator (PSI), and Lockheed Martin Australia as the Combat System Integrator (CSI).
DCNS and Lockheed Martin Australia are committed to building the Future Submarine fleet in Adelaide and ensuring that Australia has the long-term sovereign capability to sustain them.
In Perth (DCNS figures):
- we have issued Requests for Information to 134 companies;
- engaged with 37 companies through Requests for Information; and
- prequalified 16 companies.
“The purpose of today’s briefing is to provide an update on the Future Submarine Program and how we want to maximise Australian involvement for example, through technology transfer and collaboration,” said Brent Clark, Chief Executive Officer, DCNS Australia.
“I think it is important for Australian industry to understand that this is a national project. Attending these joint briefings with the Department of Defence and Lockheed Martin is the best way to learn about the opportunities this program has to offer,” said Mr Clark.
Lockheed Martin Australia is keen to hear from Western Australia suppliers, to support their plan to team with Australian companies to provide the engineering capacity needed to support the program.
“To date, we have a number of suppliers from Western Australia registered with us for the Future Submarine Program and we are keen to hear from industry across a range of fields including systems integration, cyber security and hardware engineering,” said Vince Di Pietro, Chief Executive Lockheed Martin Australia.
“Our approach to supporting sustainable industry development is to invest and grow the capabilities of our local supplier partners to support our global supply chains, providing opportunities for technology transfer, innovation, local skilled jobs and sustainable business growth.”
The Future Submarine industry briefings will continue around the nation in 2017, with the next briefing scheduled for 10 August 2017 in Hobart.