Over 300 Australian companies, R&D and educational institutions will gather in Sydney today to hear from key Future Submarine Program representatives in relation to program progress to date, future development plans and potential engagement opportunities.
The event is a joint briefing involving the Department of Defence as the customer, and the two prime contractors – DCNS for the platform system and Lockheed Martin Australia for the combat system.
In New South Wales 230 requests for information have been issued to almost 60 companies, the most requests issued for any state in Australia. 57 New South Wales companies have completed the DCNS supplier pre-qualification questionnaire and 12 companies have already undergone questionnaire validation audits, which is the next step in the process of becoming eligible for the DCNS supply chain.
“These figures underscore the fact that although the construction of the submarines is going to take place in South Australia, this is very much a national program and indeed its success is dependent on engaging the most qualified suppliers from around the nation,” said a company spokesperson.
“The Future Submarine Program industry briefing in Sydney will provide suppliers with the next level of detail with respect to how procurement activities for the program will unfold in the coming months and years.”
The Future Submarine industry briefings will continue around the nation in 2017, with the next briefing scheduled to be held in Melbourne in late March.
DCNS is the European leader in naval defence and a major player in marine renewable energy. The Group’s success as an advanced technology company with global reach is built on meeting customer needs by deploying exceptional know-how, unique industrial resources and an ability to develop innovative strategic partnerships. DCNS designs and builds submarines and surface combatants, develops associated systems and infrastructure, and offers a full range of services to naval bases and shipyards. The Group has also expanded its focus into marine renewable energy. Aware of its corporate social responsibilities, DCNS is a member of the United Nations Global Compact. The DCNS Group generates annual revenues of €3.04 billion and employs 12,953 people (2015 data).