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Phase 1A Future Submarine – Concept Design
Phase 1B Future Submarine – Preliminary Design
Phase 1C Future Submarine – Detailed Design
This project seeks to acquire an increased and enhanced submarine capability that will provide the ADF with a potent submarine capability beyond the planned withdrawal date of the COLLINS Class submarines. Phase 1 will commence the design of the new capability.
As part of the 2009 Defence White Paper preparations, significant work was undertaken to identify and quantify the maritime capability developments that would be required to meet Government’s expectations. This process resulted in SEA 1000.
SEA 1000 will provide Australia with a new and more potent defence capability with greater range, longer patrol endurance and increased capability compared to the COLLINS Class. Key capabilities will be in the areas of anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; strike; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; electronic warfare; mine warfare; and support to both special forces and advance force operations.
The project will undertake a competitive, staged acquisition process to acquire this capability. It is expected that the phases of this project will be:
This project will place significant demands upon Australian industry and provide commensurate opportunities. Its scale will exceed that of any previous project. This project will need a project management, industrial, and research and support capability capable of constructing and sustaining the future submarine capability over its entire life-cycle and which encompasses all integrated logistics support elements.
The acquisition strategy is yet to be determined, however, it is expected that opportunities for Australian industry involvement will be significant, ultimately growing and developing the foundations of Australia’s technological and industrial based sectors.
The support concepts are yet to be determined, however, it is expected that opportunities for Australian industry involvement will be significant, particularly as the future submarine will be maintained and sustained in Australia. The Royal Australian Navy, supported by DMO, will be the Parent Navy for the future submarine.
Capabilities and related activities that may provide opportunities for Australian industry in these phases include:
|Phases 1A, 1B and 1C||Capability|
|Modelling / Simulation||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||D|
|Research and Development||D||D||D||O||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||D|
|Systems Definition / Development||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||D||D|
|ACAT Attribute||Complexity Level Assessment|
|Acquisition Cost||Level 1 Very High >$1500m|
|Project Management Complexity||Level 1 Very High|
|Schedule||Level 1 Very High|
|Technical Difficulty||Level 1 Very High|
|Operation and Support||Level 1 Very High|
|Commercial||Level 1 Very High|
The ACAT Level assessed for this Program is ACAT I.
FY 2009-10 to FY 2010-11
FY 2011-12 to FY 2012-13
FY 2013-14 to FY 2015-16
|Initial Operating Capability||
Phases 1A, 1B and 1C
Defence Materiel Organisation:
Future Submarine Project Coordinator
(02) 6265 6178
SEA 1000 Project Director
(02) 6265 3519