De­sign work to start on $50m sub­ma­rine pro­gram

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

FRENCH firm DCNS can be­gin de­sign work on Aus­tralia’s next fleet of sub­marines af­ter sign­ing a con­tract with the Aus­tralian Govern­ment.

De­fence Min­is­ter Marise Payne said work in the next phase of the $50 bil­lion pro­gram would in­volve de­sign­ing ves­sels that meet “our unique ca­pa­bil­ity re­quire­ments”.

“Our fu­ture sub­marines will be an es­sen­tial part of Aus­tralia’s naval ca­pa­bil­ity and will pro­vide us with a strate­gic ad­van­tage,” she said. “Sub­marines are an ef­fec­tive de­ter­rent and make a mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tion to anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare in our re­gion.”

On Thurs­day the Fed­eral Govern­ment also re­vealed US com­pany Lock­heed Martin as its pre­ferred com­bat sys­tem sup­plier for the fu­ture subs.

Premier Colin Bar­nett has said he ex­pected WA would play an in­te­gral role in the build­ing and main­te­nance the sub­marines, de­spite the bulk of the work being done in South Aus­tralia.

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