Future Submarine Program

Capability Acquisition and Sustainment

Future Submarine Program

The SEA 1000 Future Submarine Program is responsible for developing options to replace the Collins Class submarines.

The Future Submarine Program is the largest defence procurement program in Australia’s history.

The acquisition of 12 future submarines, announced in the 2016 Defence White Paper will commence in 2016 with the first submarines likely to begin entering service in the early 2030s. Construction of the 12 new submarines will extend into the late 2040s to 2050 timeframe.

Defence is conducting a Competitive Evaluation Process for the Program and it is expected the Government will announce the results of this process in 2016. The Government has committed to maximising Australian industry involvement in the submarine program, without compromising cost, capability, schedule or risk. The Government will also ensure a long-term industrial capability to deliver support to Australia’s submarines in both construction and Industry, innovation, research and development sustainment.

DCNS of France, TKMS of Germany and the Government of Japan, are participating in the future submarine Competitive Evaluation Process, which will assess their ability to partner with Australia to deliver the future submarines. These potential international partners have been invited to provide options for an overseas, Australian or hybrid build program, and to seek opportunities for Australian defence industry participation in the Future Submarine Program.

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