The company building Australia’s next fleet of submarines has called for expressions of interest from local businesses to produce specialist components for the Attack-class vessels.
Naval Group says the first of many local manufacturing packages is worth almost $900 million.
The work includes development of steering and weapons systems and will support hundreds of local jobs.
Executive vice president Jean-Michel Billig said the contracts on offer demonstrated Naval Group’s desire to maximise Australian capability and involvement.
“Ever since Naval Group has been chosen as strategic partner for the Attack-class submarine program, we have had a strong focus on ensuring that significant benefits are delivered to Australians and local industry,” Mr Billig said.
“This package, the first of many, demonstrates our clear commitment to Australian industry and will lead to increased manufacturing capability in Australia and local jobs.
“Importantly, through this manufacturing occurring in Australia, local business capability will be enhanced for generations meaning the legacy of this program goes beyond the regionally-superior submarines we will deliver.”
The first of 12 planned submarines under the $50 billion project are expected to enter service in the early 2030s though construction could extend to 2050.
Local companies have until November 16 to register an expression of interest in the project.