Building a stronger Defence Industry: Over 700 registered for Future Submarine Program industry briefing

Over 700 Australian and international companies, research and development and educational institutions will gather today at the Pacific 2019 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney to be updated on the largest defence contract in Australia’s history, the Attack Class submarine program.

The event is a joint briefing involving the Future Submarine Enterprise partners – the Department of Defence and the two prime contractors – Naval Group as the Platform System Integrator (PSI) and Lockheed Martin Australia as the Combat System Integrator (CSI).

This briefing continues the Australian industry engagement undertaken to date, demonstrating an enduring commitment to maximising opportunities for Australian industry to be involved in the Program, an essential part of delivering a sovereign submarine capability for Australia.”

Attendees will be provided with an update on the Attack Class Program from the design to the progress of the Submarine Construction Yard being built in Adelaide. They will also be provided with a detailed overview of upcoming procurement activities and how to get involved.

For the first time, attendees will hear from some of The Program’s Tier 1 suppliers, including MTU and Penske Power Systems who were awarded the contract for the design of diesel generator rectifiers for the Attack class submarine.

“The purpose of today’s briefing is to reinforce to Australian industry that they will be the first point of consideration for the delivery requirements of the Attack class program at every point of the design, build phase,’’ said John Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Naval Group Australia.

“To achieve this, we need to maintain a strong relationship with Australian industry to achieve long-term sustainable capability. Regardless of background industry, size or location, we want to hear from you,” said Mr Davis.

To date more than 951 organisations and 2,313 attendees have frequented these briefings which have been held in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Hobart.

“For the Attack Class Submarines, we are looking to Australian industry to support all facets of our combat system integration work, not only with us but also with our appointed suppliers, ‘said Joe North, Chief Executive Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand.

“At Lockheed Martin Australia it is our approach to work with Australian industry, small to large, to discover and evolve the best of breed technology and to build that capability for Australia and our global customers,’ said Mr North.