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Collins Class Project

Collins sustainment is at the top of the Government’s Projects of Concern list and so Government, Defence and industry are working to improve the project’s performance. The Government commissioned John Coles to review the sustainment of Collins in 2011 and implementation of the Coles Report. Recommendations are currently being put in place.

ASC Pty Ltd maintains Australia’s 6 Collins Class Submarines - HMAS Collins, HMAS Farncomb, HMAS Waller, HMAS Dechaineux, HMAS Sheean and HMAS Rankin. 

DMO is working closely with Navy, the ASC Pty Ltd and its suppliers under a shared pain - shared gain business model to deliver more efficient and effective sustainment services. A new performance based maintenance and support contract for Collins was signed in June 2012 to improve Collins availability and reliability.

Phases of the Collins Class Program include:

  • Phases 1 and 2 – the conduct of studies into modifications and improvements required to bring the Collins Class to full capability. The recommendations from those studies and the deliberations of the Submarine Capability Team were implemented in later phases.
  • Phase 3 – Sustainability and Reliability Enhancements (Approved),
  • Phase 4A – Replacement Combat System (Approved),
  • Phase 4B – Weapon and Sensor Enhancements (Approved), and
  • Phase 5B.1 – Communications Mast and Antenna Replacement Class Fit (Approved).
  • Phase 6 Collins Sonar Replacement.

Read more about the projects | Major Projects Report Brochure

The Collins Class Submarines

The characteristics and range of Collins Class submarines have been tailored specifically for its two-ocean surveillance role in the Royal Australian Navy. Designed to be as quiet as advanced technology can achieve, Collins Class submarines have evolved from five generations of submarines designed and built by the Swedish Navy.

The submarine moves silently on electric power supplied by banks of new-technology batteries. The batteries are charged by three on-board diesel generator sets.

The sophisticated combat system, which gathers intelligence from its sensors, computes received inputs and then launches and directs weapons, is an advance on any system currently available.

Each boat has been named after a distinguished former member of the RAN, some of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Read more about the Submarines’ specifications and history

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