Design work to start on $50m submarine program
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.