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UDT Asia: Aussie Future Submarine progresses

11th January 2017 - 12:00 GMT | by Nigel Pittaway in Melbourne


Australia’s $50 billion Future Submarine programme remains on track to deliver the first boat to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) for operational test and evaluation in 2030-31.

This follows the signing of a design and mobilisation contract with DCNS of France last September.

Over the next three years the $500 million phase of the programme will conduct early design work on a conventionally powered Shortfin Barracuda 1A submarine based on the French Navy’s Barracuda. 

Lockheed Martin Australia is the preferred combat system integrator.

Australia is buying 12 submarines, which will be constructed in South Australia under Project Sea 1000, to

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Nigel Pittaway


Nigel Pittaway

Nigel Pittaway is a Shephard correspondent based in Melbourne, Australia.

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