The Federal Government and Naval Group Australia today confirmed that 126 local businesses to date have been pre-qualified as eligible to take part in the supply chain for the $50 billion Future Submarine Program.
The Program is expected to create 2800 jobs directly and thousands more in the supply chain across the country.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said that ensuring maximum Australian industry involvement, generating jobs and driving economic growth across the country in this flagship program has been a high priority.
Over the last twelve months, these businesses have been thoroughly assessed and deemed as capable of delivering the quality products, parts or services needed to deliver this vital project. These Australian businesses that have passed the rigorous screening process are now able to bid for Future Submarine tenders for parts such as batteries, motors, pumps and many others as they are announced,” Mr Pyne said.
The potential for Australian businesses becoming eligible to take part in this and our other naval shipbuilding projects is positive. Current tenders relating to the Future Submarine Program are available at Australian Tenders.
“The Government fully expects many hundreds of Australians businesses to be part of the supply chain of our locally built Future Submarines, Future Frigates, Offshore Patrol Vessels and Pacific Patrol Boats,” he said.
The Program's aims are detailed on the SEA1000 government website:
"The Future Submarine Program (SEA1000) will deliver for Australia an affordable, regionally superior, conventional submarine capability, sustainable into the foreseeable future.
It will be the largest Defence procurement program in Australia’s history and represents an investment in the order of $50 billion in Australia’s security.
It will also be a capability design, construction and sustainment challenge of unprecedented scale and complexity, and will span decades."
Naval Group has officially opened its new Australian headquarters in Adelaide. Opened by The Hon. Minister Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Industry and Herve Guillou, Global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Naval Group, master planning studies have begun.
These will inform the design and build of the Future Submarine Construction yard in Adelaide.