Australian Manufacturers Invited Aboard Submarine Project
The French defence firm tasked with building a new fleet of submarines in Adelaide has invited Australian manufacturers to bid to produce specialised parts in a package it says will generate hundreds of jobs and cost up to $900m. Naval Group Australia announced the local manufacturing package as it today opened a new base at Port Adelaide and worked towards building its 250-strong workforce ahead of opening a construction yard at Osborne.
French-based Naval Group, formerly known as DCNS, won the contract to build 12 Attack Class submarines for the Royal Australian Navy as part of the Future Submarine Program costed in 2016 at $50b, to replace the ageing, Adelaide-built Collins class submarines.
Naval Group Australia said Australian manufacturers would eventually be called up to supply 23 specialised submarine parts, following industry fears that much of the component work would flow back to France.…MORE