The power of local connections

We might be a global company, but we do our best to act locally in every country in which we operate. A big part of this philosophy is involving local experts and suppliers in our process. It’s a win-win situation – we benefit from the talent and local knowledge of these highly skilled individuals, and in return, we give back to local industry, indirectly creating jobs and stimulating business. We even upskill our suppliers so they can provide the ongoing services the project demands.

Naval Group Australia has already begun working with the local defence industry. In partnership with the Department of Defence and Lockheed Martin Australia we conducted industry briefings in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart, Pacific 2017 Maritime Conference and Darwin.

We’ll continue to engage with Australian industry throughout the design, construction and sustainment phases of the Future Submarine Program.

Click here to download the Naval Group Australia Supplier Code of Conduct.

Click here to download the Naval Group Australian Industry Capability (AIC) Plan Guidelines for Suppliers.

How to be added to the Naval Group list of suppliers.


Frequently Asked Questions

1 – In the past, how successful has Naval Group been in sourcing equipment within the customer’s country? What is the typical percentage of equipment still being sourced in France?

This is dependent upon the agreement we have had with the customer country. For example, the contracts we have in place with Brazil, Malaysia and India are different to our agreement with the Commonwealth of Australia. Regardless, we go to great lengths to meet the requirements of our customers. We might be a global company, but we do our best to act locally in every country in which we operate. A big part of this philosophy is involving local experts and suppliers in our process.

For the Future Submarine Program, we are committed to building and maintaining the submarines here in Australia. Of equal importance is our goal to maximise the involvement of Australian Industry during the build and sustainment phase. The baseline of all our design takes into account the current qualified global supply chain.

2 – Will it be valuable for an Australian subject matter expert (SME) to engage in a joint venture/partnership with a French company already working with Naval Group in France?

If a required equipment, system or capability is not found in Australia, it could be valuable for an Australian company and a French company to enter into a joint venture/partnership.

This will benefit:

  • Naval Group- because the program seeks to establish the Australian Industry Capability necessary to support the build, operation and sustainment of the Future Submarine; and
  • The Australian SME- who will be upskilled as a result of receiving the Naval Group technology required to meet our standards.

These business cases represent a real opportunity for Naval Group and Australian suppliers.

3 – Based on industry contact so far, which systems or equipment are you most concerned about with regards to the ability of Australian Industry to supply and support through life?

At this stage, we have no concerns with regards to specific systems or equipment.

The main objectives of the Future Submarine Program are:

  • regional superiority;
  • sovereignty for sustainment; and
  • the maximisation of Australian companies.

Naval Group and the Commonwealth of Australia are working together to define the right level of expectation and the baseline of opportunities to support creation and/or development of business.

4 – What happens if we are assessed by Naval Group or Lockheed Martin and are considered not suitable?

Naval Group is in the process of identifying capabilities and opportunities Australia wide.

Throughout the program, we’ll get in touch with you when a need arises. However, from time to time your company may be deemed unsuitable for a given opportunity or commodity.

Changing your business plan could help you to be reconsidered for future opportunities. Examples include investing in and/or improving the capabilities of your business, forming a mutually beneficial partnership with another supplier; or becoming a sub-contractor of a prime.

5 – What is involved in becoming a ‘pre-qualified’ supplier and what is the process?

The first step to being considered as part of the Naval Group supply chain is to register your interest on the ICN. This database will form an important tool in understanding the breadth in and capability areas of suppliers.

We will use this database and other information to identify potential suppliers and invite them to participate in request for information or tender. It will be our main procurement sourcing tool and we encourage companies to keep their information up to date.

Once you have registered, our Procurement team will assess your company’s capabilities. If your product aligns with the opportunities available, our Procurement team will contact you to discuss your capabilities. A supplier pre-qualification form may then be issued to you for completion and we may request more information about your company and its capabilities.

Naval Group representatives may then visit your premises in order to better understand your company’s capabilities.

6 – Is there a list with contact details of pre-approved suppliers?

Naval Group’s list of pre-approved suppliers is confidential and information from the list cannot be shared.

7 – The Naval Group Procurement team mentioned a need for design software from 2018 onwards. What types of tools are required?

At various stages during the project, you’ll be required to have CAD, CFD, visualisation, integration of inventory and scheduling tools. If you have capability that you believe may be of interest to us, please register your company via the ICN.

 8 – Will a startup company or relatively new SME be considered?

The short answer is yes. The Future Submarine Program is a long term project and we’re committed to working and engaging with new businesses with innovative ideas.

Our design process takes into account what we call Technology Readiness Levels.

For younger companies offering interesting technologies, a roadmap can be set with the relevant stakeholders (including universities, SMEs, peers, Naval Group and Commonwealth of Australia experts) to ascertain whether the business is mature enough to meet the Program’s requirements.

We also encourage businesses that have a developing and innovative product or technology that could add value to the Future Submarine Program to contact the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) for advice and grant opportunities to further advance their product.

If you have any further questions, please email our procurement team at