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The future of Australia's submarines

HMS Tireless has recently arrived in the Southern Indian Ocean to assist with search efforts."

In order to replace the Collins-class submarines, the federal government invited key countries to put forward applications to supply the subsequent submarines for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), through the Future Submarine Program.

To fulfil the specific requirements for the RAN, the process will be highly competitive between three potential global partners: France, Germany and Japan. 

What is the SEA 1000 Future Submarine Program?

Submarines are one of the most complex pieces of equipment and need to be fitted with intricate technology. Furthermore, they play an important role in securing sea routes with key trading partners such as China.

According to the Department of Defence, Australia's national security and $1.6 trillion economy are reliant on the viability of these sea lanes. 

The process was opened up to the international market, as the government was unable to find a shelf-ready suitable submarine. On November 30, Australia's Minister for Defence Marise Payne announced the proposals for the Future Submarine Program had been received.

"The Government's Competitive Evaluation Process remains on schedule with Defence receiving submissions from DCNS of France, TKMS of Germany, and the Government of Japan by the 30 November 2015 closing deadline,'' said Ms Payne.

How will the government evaluate the submissions?

Moreover, the implementation of the combat system jointly used by both nations will be the favoured armament system.In order to ensure the submarines can provide the capabilities that the RAN require, the process will be highly competitive and scrutinised closely. One of the significant considerations is the ability for the submarine to work well with Australia's key ally, the United States.

"Submarines are Defence's most complex, sensitive, and expensive capability, so it is important that the evaluation process is thorough and robust," explained Ms Payne.

"Submarines are Defence's most complex, sensitive, and expensive capability."

The Department of Defence will review and assess the respondents and their proposals, including evaluate certain considerations such as:

  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Proposed schedule
  • Level of risk
  • Capabilities

Military equipment, such as a submarine, require a high standard of quality components and defence engineering in order to withstand adverse marine environments.

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