DCNS enters design phase for future submarine

France will partner with Australia to build the next generation of submarines to replace the Collins-class, a contract worth a staggering $50 billion, making it the largest Defence contract ever awarded. The submarines will be built in Adelaide. In a recent further announcement, Lockheed Martin has been chosen as the Combat System Integrator for the boats.

The signing of the Design and Mobilisation contract between the Government and DCNS enables the design phase of the Program to begin and it sets the path for the development of a regionally superior Future Submarine force. This contract is a huge boost to South Australian Defence industry as all 12 submarines will be built at upgraded facilities at Osborne in Adelaide .

“Mobilisation and design activities will mark the start of the Future Submarine Program, with work also commencing to maximise Australian industry involvement and early planning for the construction of the submarines in Australia,” said Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne.”

“The timely start of design and robust planning for each phase of the Program are essential to success, and for the benefits to start flowing to the Australian economy.

“Alongside construction of the future submarines in Adelaide, there is other highly technical work to be conducted in Australia.  This will include the integration and testing of submarine systems, including the propulsion and combat systems for the submarines.”

Defence Minister Payne said that the start of design process marks a significant milestone in the development of regionally superior Future Submarine capability for Australia.

“The design phase will enable Australia, in partnership with DCNS and Lockheed Martin, to design a submarine that meets our unique capability requirements, which include superior stealth and sensor performance,’’ Minister Payne said.

“This will be essential to meeting the security challenges we face over the coming decades as set out in the 2016 Defence White Paper.”

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