DCNS and Quickstep have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as a first step for cooperation in the field of components and assemblies for Australia’s Future submarines.
The MoU was signed in Canberra by Marie-Pierre de Bailliencourt, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, DCNS Group, and David Marino, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Quickstep Holdings Limited.
Through this MoU, Quickstep will produce representative demonstrator components to validate their technology for naval applications with DCNS.
“DCNS has commenced building a supply chain in Australia that will support the submarine capability on a sustainable basis,” said Sean Costello, CEO DCNS Australia.
“Ultimately this supply chain will comprise several hundred companies across Australia and form the Future Submarine Enterprise.”
DCNS has been selected as the Australian Government’s preferred international partner for the design of 12 Future Submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.
Quickstep is an Australian listed company at the forefront of advanced composites manufacturing and technology development. Quickstep currently partners with some of the world’s largest aerospace/defence organisations, including the US Department of Defense, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Airbus, Thales and BAE.
DCNS is the European leader in naval defence and a major player in marine renewable energy. The Group’s success as an advanced technology company with global reach is built on meeting customer needs by deploying exceptional know-how, unique industrial resources and an ability to develop innovative strategic partnerships. DCNS designs and builds submarines and surface combatants, develops associated systems and infrastructure, and offers a full range of services to naval bases and shipyards. The Group has also expanded its focus into marine renewable energy. Aware of its corporate social responsibilities, DCNS is a member of the United Nations Global Compact. The DCNS Group generates annual revenues of €3.04 billion and employs 12,953 people (2015 data).