Australian Government: Department of Defence
Defence Capability Plan 2009 December 2010 Update - Public Version
     
 
 

SEA 1000

Phase 1 Future Submarine – Design
Phase 2 Future Submarine – Acquisition
Phase 3 Future Submarine – Weapons
Phase 4 Future Submarine – Maritime Based Strategic Strike

Background

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. SEA 1000 was a result of that process.

SEA 1000 will provide Australia with a new and more potent defence capability with greater range, longer patrol endurance and increased capability compared with 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.

It is expected that the future submarine project will undertake a competitive, staged acquisition process to acquire this capability. The project is expected to receive progressive approval through a series of considerations by Government, beyond the standard two-pass process. Commencement of the construction phase is expected to equate to the normal Government Second Pass consideration. In addition to acquisition of the future submarine the program includes other related acquisitions. The phases of this program will be:

  • Initial Definition Phase (currently in progress). This is expected to be complete in mid 2011 and will identify the top level requirements for the future submarine
  • Phase 1 – Design
  • Phase 2 – Acquisition
  • Phase 3 – Weapons
  • Phase 4 – Strike Capability

Australian Industry Capability Considerations

An AIC Plan is required when the estimated project budget for an acquisition is equal to or greater than $50m or where the project identifies a specific need for local industry to deliver aspects of the capability, such as a Priority Industry Capability. The table below provides an indication of the likely AIC, PIC, SIC and GSC requirements for this project.

Phase AIC PIC SIC GSC
1 Yes Yes2 Yes No
2 Yes1 Yes2 Yes Yes
3 Yes1 Yes2 Yes Yes
4 Yes1 Yes2 Yes Yes

Notes:
1. Where an FMS solution is likely, an AIC Deed will be used in place of an AIC Plan to identify Second Pass industry opportunities.
2. The project will fully explore and define the PIC requirements such that they can be recorded in the Acquisition Strategy.

Phase 1 Future Submarine – Design

Scope

This phase will determine the design of the submarine, support systems and infrastructure. As a consequence, it will establish the subsequent schedule for construction. The outcome of preliminary Project Definition Studies resulted in the previously promulgated Sub-Phases being aggregated into a single Phase. This will provide industry with the maximum opportunity to remain involved throughout the process, prior to Government approval of the final acquisition strategy.

Planned Schedule

First Pass Approval FY 2011-12 to FY 2014-15
Market Solicitation FY 2011-12 to FY 2019-20
Year-of-Decision FY 2014-15 to FY 2019-20
Initial Materiel Release N/A
Initial Operational Capability N/A

At this stage it is anticipated that the design phase will commence in late 2011 and that the final
Year-of-Decision will be an evolving point based on continuing provision of advice to Government.

Australian Industry Opportunities

Acquisition

It is envisaged that this phase may have multiple decision points identified as the project definition matures. Accordingly, as the project is in a very early stage of development an acquisition strategy has yet to be determined. All options are currently being examined.

Capabilities and related activities that may provide opportunities for Australian industry include:

Phase 1 Industry Capability
Industry Activity Acoustics Technologies & Systems Electronic Warfare Systems Integration Signature Management Mission & Safety Critical Software Guided Weapons Systems assurance System Life Cycle Management Composite & Exotic Materials Facilities & Infrastructure
Design PREF PREF PREF PREF PREF OPT DES DES DES OPT
Modelling / Simulation PREF PREF PREF PREF PREF DES DES DES DES  
Project Manage PREF PREF PREF PREF PREF OPT DES DES DES DES
Research & Development PREF PREF PREF PREF PREF OPT DES DES DES  
Systems Definition / Development PREF PREF PREF PREF PREF DES DES DES DES DES
Facilities

Facilities and infrastructure work may be needed to support this phase, and any requirements will be defined as the project develops.

Through-life Support

TLS is not applicable to this phase.

Acquisition Category
ACAT Attribute Complexity Level Assessment
Acquisition Cost $500m-$1b (Middle of band)
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 Rating assessed for this Phase is ACAT I.

Points of Contact

Capability Staff:
Defence Materiel Organisation:
Director Future Submarine
Capability Development
(02) 6265 2262
SEA 1000 Project Director (Platform Aspects)
(02) 6265 3519
Explosive Ordnance Division (EO Aspects)
Director Emerging Projects
(02) 6144 1071

Phase 2 Future Submarine – Acquisition

Scope

This phase will build and deliver the submarines, their support systems and infrastructure.

The schedule for construction of the submarine, support systems and infrastructure will be defined as the project matures and information becomes available through Phase 1.

IMR will occur upon the completion and release of the supplies which are required to support the achievement of the IOC.

IOC will be defined later in the project development process.

FOC will occur when the full scope of the project, including the mission, support and training systems, and facilities, if required, have been delivered and accepted into operational service.

LOT for this capability will be determined later in the project development process.

Planned Schedule

Market Solicitation TBD
First Pass Approval TBD
Year-of-Decision TBD
Initial Materiel Release TBD
Initial Operational Capability TBD

For preliminary guidance only, it is anticipated that the construction phase will not commence before 2016 and IOC will not be achieved before 2025.

Australian Industry Opportunities

Acquisition

The acquisition strategy to be developed for this phase will be shaped by the outcomes of Phase 1. However, it is likely that the acquisition strategy will encompass all aspects of the Future Submarine Program including detailed design, construction, research and development and skills development. It is expected that opportunities for Australian industry development and involvement will be significant, ultimately growing and developing the foundations of Australia’s technological and industrial based sectors.

Capabilities and related activities that may provide opportunities for Australian industry include:

Phase 2 Industry Capability
Industry Activity Acoustics Technologies & Systems Electronic Warfare Signature Management Mission & Safety Critical Software Systems Integration Composite & Exotic Materials Guided Weapons Systems assurance System Life Cycle Management Facilities & Infrastructure
Assemble / Install   PREF PREF PREF PREF PREF DES DES DES  
Design PREF       PREF         OPT
Education / Training   PREF PREF PREF PREF DES DES DES DES  
Logistics Support PREF PREF PREF PREF PREF DES DES DES DES  
Manufacture / Construct PREF PREF PREF PREF PREF DES DES DES DES PREF
Project Manage PREF PREF PREF PREF PREF DES DES DES DES  
Refurbish / Upgrade PREF                 PREF
Repair, Maintain, Sustain                   PREF
Software Development / Support   PREF PREF PREF PREF DES DES DES DES  
System Integration PREF PREF PREF PREF PREF DES PREF DES DES  
Test and Evaluate PREF PREF PREF PREF PREF DES DES DES DES  
Facilities

It is likely that substantial facilities and infrastructure work will be needed, but these requirements will be defined as the project develops.

Through-life Support

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.

Acquisition Category
ACAT Attribute Complexity Level Assessment
Acquisition Cost >$10b
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 Rating assessed for this Phase is ACAT I.

Points of Contact

Capability Staff:
Defence Materiel Organisation:
Director Future Submarine Capability Development
(02) 6265 2262
SEA 1000 Project Director (Platform Aspects)
(02) 6265 3519
Explosive Ordnance Division (EO Aspects)
Director Emerging Projects
(02) 6144 1071

Phase 3 Future Submarine – Weapons

Scope

This phase of the project will provide the reserve stockholding of the selected weapons for the Future Submarine fleet and the weapons required for Test and Evaluation, training and tactical development (Raise, Train, Sustain),

The schedule for construction of the submarine, support systems and infrastructure will be defined as the project matures and information becomes available through Phase 1.

IMR will occur upon the completion and release of the supplies which are required to support the achievement of the IOC.

IOC will be defined later in the project development process.

FOC will occur when the full scope of the project, including the mission, support and training systems, and facilities, if required, have been delivered and accepted into operational service.

LOT for this capability will be determined later in the project development process.

Planned Schedule

Market Solicitation TBD
First Pass Approval TBD
Year-of-Decision TBD
Initial Materiel Release TBD
Initial Operational Capability TBD

It is anticipated that IOC will not be achieved before 2025.

Australian Industry Opportunities

Acquisition

The acquisition strategy for this is yet to be determined. If the selected weapon systems are predominantly of US origin, they are likely to be acquired through FMS. However, depending upon the selected source(s), direct commercial alternatives could be considered on their merits. Australian industry could be involved as sub-contractors to an overseas prime contractor for the manufacture of components and sub-assemblies. In addition, Australian industry will be involved in the integration of weapon systems in RAN platforms, including combat systems, launching systems and training/simulation systems.

Capabilities and related activities that may provide opportunities for Australian industry include:

Phase 3 Industry Capability
Industry Activity Systems Integration Guided Weapons Facilities & Infrastructure
Assemble / Install PREF OPT  
Design PREF   OPT
Education / Training PREF OPT  
Logistics Support PREF DES  
Manufacture / Construct PREF   PREF
Refurbish / Upgrade     PREF
Repair, Maintain Sustain PREF OPT PREF
Modelling / Simulation   OPT  
Research and Development PREF DES  
Software Development / Support PREF OPT  
System Definition / Development PREF DES  
Test and Evaluate PREF OPT  
Facilities

Delivery of the Future Submarine capability has the potential to require significant upgrades and changes to facilities and infrastructure. This requirement is yet to be fully understood, and will be further refined during project development.

Through-life Support

Full TLS is required for the weapons delivered through this phase and more specific requirements will be determined during the capability requirements definition stage. Industry requirements will be based around developing and maintaining sufficient capability to undertake the necessary through-life maintenance and support activities within Australia.

Acquisition Category
ACAT Attribute Complexity Level Assessment
Acquisition Cost $1b-$2b (High end of band)
Project Management Complexity Level 2: High
Schedule Level 3: Moderate
Technical Difficulty Level 2: High
Operation and Support Level 3: Moderate
Commercial Level 2: High

The ACAT Rating assessed for this Phase is ACAT II.

Points of Contact

Capability Staff:
Defence Materiel Organisation:
Director Future Submarine
Capability Development
(02) 6265 2262
SEA 1000 Project Director (Platform Aspects)
(02) 6265 3519
Explosive Ordnance Division (EO Aspects)
Director Emerging Projects
(02) 6144 1071

Phase 4Future Submarine – Maritime Based Strategic Strike

Scope

This phase will provide for the acquisition of maritime-based land-attack cruise missiles, weapon control and mission planning sub-systems for the Future Submarines and an integrated logistic support system including documentation, training and support equipment. The systems will complement the land strike weapon systems proposed for the AWD (SEA 4000 Phase 4) and Future Frigate (SEA 5000 Phase 3).

IMR will occur upon the completion and release of the supplies which are required to support the achievement of the IOC.

IOC will be defined later in the project development process.

FOC will occur when the full scope of the project, including the mission, support and training systems, and facilities, if required, have been delivered and accepted into operational service.

LOT for this capability will be determined later in the project development process.

Planned Schedule

First Pass Approval TBD
Market Solicitation FY 2014-15 to FY 2021-22
Year-of-Decision TBD
Initial Materiel Release TBD
Initial Operational Capability TBD

It is anticipated that IOC will not be achieved before 2025.

Australian Industry Opportunities

Acquisition

The likely acquisition strategy will be to procure a proven, in-service MOTS capability. Desirable outcomes for Australian industry include integration in RAN platforms and combat system, training and TLS systems.

Capabilities and related activities that may provide opportunities for Australian industry include:

Phase 4 Industry Capability
Industry Activity Systems Integration Guided Weapons Facilities & Infrastructure
Assemble / Install PREF OPT  
Design PREF   OPT
Education / Training PREF OPT  
Logistics Support   DES  
Manufacture / Construct PREF   PREF
Refurbish / Upgrade     PREF
Repair, Maintain, Sustain PREF OPT PREF
Modelling / Simulation   OPT  
Research and Development OPT DES  
Software Development / Support PREF OPT  
System Definition / Development PREF DES  
Test and Evaluate PREF OPT  
Facilities

Delivery of the Future Submarine strike capability has the potential to require significant upgrade and changes to facilities and infrastructure. This requirement is yet to be fully understood, and will be further refined during project development.

Through-life Support

Full TLS is required for the weapons delivered through this phase and more specific requirements will be determined during the capability requirements definition stage. Industry requirements will be based around developing and maintaining sufficient capability to undertake the necessary through-life maintenance and support activities within Australia.

Acquisition Category
ACAT Attribute Complexity Level Assessment
Acquisition Cost $500m-$1b (Low end of band)
Project Management Complexity Level 2: High
Schedule Level 3: Moderate
Technical Difficulty Level 2: High
Operation and Support Level 3: Moderate
Commercial Level 2: High

The ACAT Rating assessed for this Phase is ACAT II.

Points of Contact

Capability Staff:
Defence Materiel Organisation:
Director Future Submarine Capability Development
(02) 6265 2262
SEA 1000 Project Director (Platform Aspects)
(02) 6265 3519
Explosive Ordnance Division (EO Aspects)
Director Emerging Projects
(02) 6144 1071
Defence Capability Plan / December 2010 Update / Public Version