Over 450 Australian companies, R&D and educational institutions will gather in Adelaide today to hear from representatives of the future submarine enterprise in regards to opportunities available in the Future Submarine Program.
The event is a joint briefing between the Commonwealth of Australia, DCNS and Lockheed Martin (as the combat systems integrator).
“DCNS’s vision is to deliver a regionally superior submarine for Australia’s sovereign operation and sustainment and maximise local industry participation,” said Sean Costello, Chief Executive Officer, DCNS Australia.
“In order to achieve this, we will build a supply chain in Australia that has the in-country capability to deliver the products, services and know-how to keep the submarines capable and available on an enduring basis,” said Mr Costello.
DCNS has already issued 600 requests for information from 145 companies in Australia and 25 Australian companies have passed the first audit to be considered appropriate to participate in the supply chain activities.
The Future Submarine briefings will continue across the nation in 2017, with the next briefing to be held in Sydney in February.
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).