Australia’s sovereign submarine company, ASC, has entered into an agreement with Saab for the provision of a range of services, including engineering services for the A26 submarine program, two of which are being built for the Royal Swedish Navy.
FILE PHOTO: USS Albuquerque accompanied by Collins-class submarine HMAS Rankin (front) off Western Australia. Photo by Able Seaman Julianne Cropley.
ASC and Saab will launch a pilot program that sees ASC’s experienced submarine designers delivering specialist detailed design services in Adelaide for Saab’s A26 program.
Upon successful completion, ASC will provide ongoing services to Saab across various projects.
ASC Chief Executive Stuart Whiley said the engagement recognised ASC’s 30 years of experience in submarine design-to-build.
“The Saab-ASC engagement recognises ASC’s long-standing relationship with Saab on the Collins-class submarine,” Mr Whiley said.
“It also recognises ASC’s up-to-date design-to-build capability first developed in the Collins project in partnership with Kockums in the 1980s and 1990s.
“Today, ASC is the ‘in-service designer’ for the Collins-class fleet and home to Australia’s elite submarine platform experts.
“We are delighted to again be engaged with Saab, this time supporting the Swedish A26 project.”
Managing Director of Saab Australia, Andy Keough, said the agreement with ASC was another example of Saab’s commitment to the Australian submarine enterprise and would facilitate engineering knowledge and experience transfer between Australia and Sweden.
“We are pleased to engage ASC in the Saab supply chain,” he said.
Mr Whiley said the program would have a positive impact on ASC’s submarine workforce, provide additional opportunities and professional rewards for ASC’s engineers and designers, along with ASC’s core responsibility of the platform sustainment of the Collins-class fleet.
“This work will strengthen ASC’s capability to deliver submarine engineering and design services in coming years to be able to support Australia’s growing submarine sector.”