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16 mai 2013 4 16 /05 /mai /2013 12:35
Agreement reached by Australia and Sweden in relation to Submarine Technology

16 May 2013 Pacific Sentinel


Minister for Defence Stephen Smith today welcomed the agreement reached by Australia and Sweden in relation to Intellectual Property rights for submarine design and technology. 
Following extensive negotiations between the Defence organisations of the two countries, I am confident that this agreement will pave the way for Swedish involvement in Australia’s Future Submarine Program and also assist Australia with the ongoing sustainment of the Collins Class fleet. 
This agreement gives effect to Australia’s rights to use and disclose Swedish Intellectual Property rights for complex submarine design and technology. 
Defence materiel cooperation has been a key feature of the Sweden-Australia relationship, most notably in the area of submarine technology where our collaboration over the construction and support of the Collins submarines has spanned two decades, and more recently, with the vital ‘sense and warn’ capability provided to protect our troops in Afghanistan.  This mutually beneficial relationship is expected to continue into the future. 


The Australian Government had previously announced it was considering four broad options for a fleet of Future Submarines to replace the current Collins Class fleet that is in service with the Royal Australian Navy.  The 2013 Defence White Paper released on 3 May has focussed future work on two of these options, namely: 
- An evolved design that enhances the capabilities of existing off-the-shelf designs, including the Collins Class; and
- An entirely new developmental submarine.  
In May 2012, the Australian Government announced it would engage Swedish ship designer and builder Kockums AB, the original designer of the Collins Class submarine, to undertake initial design studies for the evolved Collins.   
An evolved design would build on the high level of capabilities of the existing Collins Class submarine design, address known deficiencies and obsolescence issues and provide potential capability enhancements. 
A precursor to this engagement with Kockums AB, was the need to reach agreement with Sweden on the use of Collins Class Submarine Technology for the Future Submarine Program, and also to agree a framework and principles for the negotiation of Intellectual Property rights for Australia to be able to utilise other Swedish submarine technology for the Future Submarine Program, if Australia decides to proceed with an evolved Collins solution.  
The ability for Australia to utilise Swedish submarine technology is a critical element not only of the work on the Future Submarine Program, but also in addressing the continuing challenges with the maintenance and sustainment of the Collins Class fleet through to the end of their service life.  This new agreement replaces the Commonwealth’s existing rights as established by the licence agreement struck in June 2004. 
The ability for Sweden to ensure that any arrangement did not compromise its sovereignty and ensured compliance with export control and security legislation was also paramount in the negotiated outcome. 
I acknowledge that the respective agencies responsible for the acquisition and support of military equipment, the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) have worked hard to reach a satisfactory agreement on these complex Intellectual Property and submarine technology matters.
I welcome the agreement and look forward to continuing close cooperation between our two countries.
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6 septembre 2012 4 06 /09 /septembre /2012 17:00

Australian Collins-class submarines, HMAS Dechaineux and HM


Sept. 6, 2012 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Australian Department of Defense; issued Sept. 6, 2012)


Update on the Future Submarine Capability


Minister for Defence Stephen Smith, Minister for Finance and Deregulation Senator Penny Wong and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced Australia’s Future Submarine Systems Centre will be based in Adelaide continuing the strong relationship that has been formed between South Australia and the Commonwealth in support of Australia’s maritime sector.


The Systems Centre will be the home of the Future Submarine program. It will be formally established this year and over the next few years will expand to include hundreds of Defence personnel from Navy, the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and the Australian and international Defence Industry.


The Systems Centre is a similar facility to the one that was established for the Air Warfare Destroyer project. It will undertake a variety of tasks including evaluation of options, design work, program management, engineering, logistics and production planning.


The Government is committed to acquiring 12 new submarines to be assembled in South Australia. This commitment will be reinforced as part of the 2013 Defence White Paper.


The first Systems Centre staff are already working in Adelaide, and are temporarily based at ASC.


The Future Submarine project will be the largest and most complex Defence project ever undertaken by Australia.


It will involve hundreds of companies and thousands of workers.


It will involve Federal and State Governments, Defence, Industry and Universities working together for years to come.


Four options are being considered for the Future Submarine fleet, ranging from military off-the-shelf to a wholly new design.


Defence is undertaking a wide range of studies into these four options before returning to Government for First Pass approval around late 2013/early 2014.


Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today also welcomed Mr David Gould to his new role in the Department of Defence as General Manager Submarines.


As General Manager Submarines, Mr Gould has been given responsibility for the oversight of the maintenance of the current Collins Class fleet and the Future Submarine Project.


Mr Gould’s appointment was announced in May. He began work in July. Mr Gould works in the DMO and reports to Mr Warren King, Chief Executive Officer of the DMO.


Mr Gould works across Government, Navy and Industry to pull together the remediation and support of our existing submarine fleet and the project to replace our existing Collins Class submarines.


Mr Gould will oversee the implementation of recommendations the Coles Review of submarine sustainment, to improve the availability and reliability of the Collins Class fleet.


Mr Gould brings a wealth of knowledge to his new position. Mr Gould has extensive international experience in large-scale defence projects, including the UK aircraft carrier program, the Type 45 Destroyer and the restructuring of the Astute Class nuclear powered submarine project.


Mr Gould also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Defence Equipment and Support Organisation in the UK Ministry of Defence.

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9 mai 2012 3 09 /05 /mai /2012 16:55
Australian Government to fund $214m for future submarine project


8 May 2012 naval-technology.com


The Australian Government has announced that it is to allocate $214m for the next stage of the future submarine project.


A part of the fund will be allocated to detailed studies and analysis for the Government's decision on the design of Australian Navy's acquisition of 12 new submarines over the next three decades.


The studies will include design, scientific and technological studies and a future submarine industry skills plan.


DCNS, HDW and Navantia will conduct military off-the-shelf design studies, initial design studies for an updated Collins-class submarine, analyse options and capability modelling by US, in support of Australian future submarine project.


Scientific and technological studies include propulsion and energy storage, signatures and stealth performance, combat systems and Hydrodynamics, propellers and pumpjets.


The Australian Government will initially select design and test facilities following the acquisition of Future Submarine Industry Skills Plan.


Following the work results, the government will select the combat systems, torpedoes, sensors and other weapons systems in 2013, with first pass approval scheduled for late 2013 or early 2014.


Construction of the submarine will begin following the second pass approval, scheduled for around 2017.


The Australian Government has slashed the nuclear submarine procurement option due to defence budget cuts.

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3 mai 2012 4 03 /05 /mai /2012 17:40



May 3, 2012 defpro.com


ASC has welcomed the Australian Prime Minister’s support as part of funding announced today by the Federal Government to provide $214 million for the next stage of the Future Submarine project.

Welcoming the Prime Minister, the Minister for Defence, the Minister for Defence Materiel and the South Australian Premier to ASC’s Adelaide site today, ASC Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Steve Ludlam said the decision provides the impetus to industry to progress planning for the Future Submarine project.

“Australia has a world-class shipbuilding industry and this funding announcement allows the industry to progress planning and further build capability,” Mr Ludlam said.

“The Prime Minister’s acknowledgement today of ASC’s submarine sustainment activities and significant role in the Future Submarine project moving forward will enable us to progress confidently with our own preparations.

“ASC is already well advanced in building capability to support the Future Submarine project through our investment in Deep Blue Tech, a subsidiary set up to prepare for the project.”

Mr Ludlam said that ASC stands ready to support, and deliver, a successful future submarine program.

“The insights and learnings that can be taken from the Collins Class submarine project will be instrumental in the development of the future submarine, and to that end we have been working closely with the Government through the Coles Review.

“We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with Government to enhance and serve Australia’s defence capabilities in the most appropriate manner.”

Mr Ludlam has also been announced as a member of the Expert Industry Panel that would be charged with developing a Future Submarine Industry Skills Plan.

“Ensuring Australia builds and maintains a high level skill base to support the Future Submarine project will be critical to its success,” Mr Ludlam said.

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5 mars 2012 1 05 /03 /mars /2012 12:45


Australia will build 6 new conventional submarine (photo : Layher)




South Australia in Box Seat to Win Billion-dollar Defence Contracts


THE national race to snare work in the planned multi-billion-dollar submarine program has largely been won by South Australia, the state's Treasurer claimed in parliament yesterday.


Jack Snelling, who also is South Australian Defence Industry Minister, said in recent weeks he had met with senior leaders in defence, including the federal Defence Minister Stephen Smith, to secure "early opportunities" arising out of the Future Submarine Project.


The planned 12 new submarines are set to be built in South Australia but the other states, particularly Victoria, had hoped to benefit through companies providing key components and infrastructure.


But Mr Snelling said federal Labor and other defence leaders understood that South Australia was "primed to capture a significant share of this work".


"Over recent weeks, I have personally met with senior leaders in defence to reinforce South Australia's focus on securing early opportunities arising out of the future submarine project, including promoting South Australia as the logical home for project design and complementary facilities, such as the proposed submarine propulsion land based facility," Mr Snelling told parliament.


"Under Defence's current plans, the commonwealth will spend up to $250 billion over the next 20 years on acquiring and sustaining new ships and submarines, an enormous opportunity by any measure.

"South Australia is committed to supporting defence with this ambitious target.

"We are primed to capture a significant share of this work with our highly skilled workforce, state-of-the-art infrastructure and experienced maritime industry."

Mr Snelling said during his meeting with Mr Smith, the Minister had reinforced the federal government's commitment to acquiring 12 new submarines to be consolidated in South Australia over the next 30 years.

"The Future Submarine Project will be the largest and most complex defence project ever undertaken by Australia, providing significant job opportunities for South Australians for decades to come," Mr Snelling said.

The Gillard government has said it would build 12 conventionally powered submarines in Adelaide, but has not yet said whether they would be largely Australian-made or a locally constructed off-the-shelf European boat.

The construction of 12 large home-made submarines has been estimated at up to $36 billion.

Mr Snelling said the state was committed to a long-term defence industry and attracting additional defence units, and was well placed given its multi-billion-dollar Collins class submarine sustainment contract and the $8 billion air warfare destroyer construction contract.

However, while he said he supported the industry's Defence Teaming Centre, he could not guarantee its funding next financial year.

(The Australian)

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