Naval Group has reinforced its commitment to the further development of Australian industry capability by becoming a member of Australia’s leading peak industry association, the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group,) which represents the interests of more than 60,000 in-country businesses.
As part of this membership Naval Group also joins the Ai Group Defence Council National Executive which is the principal voice for our defence industry comprised of the CEOs of Australia’s leading defence companies.
This partnership will provide Naval Group with further opportunities to continue engaging with Australian industry in relation to how they can become involved in the Future Submarine Program – the largest Defence acquisition project in Australia’s history.
As of 21 November, 628 companies have registered their expression of interest in the Future Submarine Program through the Industry Capability Network portal – 442 for Naval Group and 186 for Lockheed Martin Australia.
Naval Group is committed to building a supply chain in Australia that supports the submarines for the next five decades and beyond. This supply chain will have the in-country capability to deliver the products, services and know-how to ensure the submarines remain operational, capable and available on an enduring basis.
Naval Group’s engagement with Ai Group will also involve collaboration on approaches to innovation, and flowing the results of any initiatives into improving the capability of the Future Submarine and the Australian industrial base more generally.
For Naval Group, innovation provides a critical contribution to the efficient and effective implementation of build and sustainment strategies which will provide the capability Australian industry needs to deliver a regionally superior submarine.