Australia’s future submarines program seeks expressions of interest

Australia’s future submarines program seeks expressions of interest

LSIS Bradley Darvill.
LSIS Bradley Darvill. – Able Seaman Rhiannon Webb and Seaman Calum Hines show off the Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Waller in Fremantle.

Naval Group has released expressions of interest (EOI) and requests for information (RFI) for Australian companies to support the country’s AU$50 billion (US$38 billion) future submarines program.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said the government was committed to developing a naval shipbuilding capability, which would include 12 submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.

Naval Group has already pre-qualified 130 Australian companies.

“Opportunities exist for the Australian industry to provide everything from electrical, mechanical, heating and air-conditioning equipment, to castings, steel and titanium products”, said Mr Pyne.

“This is part of a wider suite of activities aimed at collecting information on industry’s capability to supply products and technologies required to manufacture and sustain the future submarines in Australia.”

The deadline for interested companies is January 5.

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