Attack Class submarine subsystems contract signing

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Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC

Minister for Defence

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Nicky Hamer (Minister Reynolds’ Office): +61 437 989 927

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The Hon Melissa Price MP

Minister for Defence Industry

Minister for Science and Technology

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8 October 2019

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  • Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP


We are pleased to announce Lockheed Martin Australia has signed a subcontract with Safran Electronics and Defense Australasia Pty Ltd (Safran) for the design of components for the Attack Class submarines.

This will support the operation and sustainment of the Attack Class while maximising the involvement of Australian industry.

It is the first major equipment design subcontract awarded by Lockheed Martin Australia as the Combat System Integrator for the Attack Class.

This includes the design of the Optronics Search and Attack, Navigation Radar and Navigation Data Distribution subsystems.

These are vital components of the combat system suite and builds on work Safran already conducts in Australia in the defence and civilian sectors.

During the design phase, Safran will engage Australian suppliers Acacia Systems and Thomas Global Systems to provide design services.

In the future, Safran will establish a local capability for the production, integration and support of these subsystems in Sydney.

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