Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne announced a significant milestone in the future submarine programme on Thursday.
CAPTION: Commanding Officer HMAS Farncomb Commander Barry Carmichael oversees the submarine’s departure from Fleet Base East, Sydney, on 17 January for a training evolution. The Collins-class submarine is currently attached to Fleet Base East as part of the Submarine Squadron’s commitment to keeping a presence on the east coast. As well as maintaining relations with the surface fleet based at Fleet Base East, HMAS Farncomb will also conduct a maintenance period before departing later this year. Photo by Able Seaman Kieran Dempsey.
A $700 million contract has been signed with Lockheed Martin Australia for the Future Submarine combat-system design, build and integration.
“Today marks a further step forward in our partnership with Lockheed Martin Australia in delivering a fleet of regionally superior submarines to Australia,” Minister Pyne said.
“This contract will cover work to 2022, including the design of the combat system and procurement activities to select subsystem and component suppliers.”
He said this contract would create 200 new jobs, the majority of which will be based in South Australia.
“Lockheed Martin Australia was selected as the Future Submarine Combat System Integrator in September 2016.
“The company has worked with Defence to successfully complete initial design work for the Future Submarine combat system under an earlier contract signed in November 2016.”