Naval Group will design weapon discharge system for Attack-class submarines of Australian Navy

On November 23, 2019, Minister for Defence of Australia has announced that Naval Group has signed a subcontract with Babcock International Group PLC for the design of the weapon discharge system for the Attack-class submarines. The Attack-class submarine is a future class of submarines for the Royal Australian Navy based on the Shortfin Barracuda proposal by French shipbuilder Naval Group (formerly known as DCNS) to replace the Collins-class submarines.

Naval Group will design weapon discharge system for Attack class submarines of Australian Navy 925 001 An artist's impression of the Attack class SSG. (Picture source Australian Navy)

The development of the weapon discharge system is critical to the overall design of the Attack class submarine. Its purpose is to launch the submarine main weapons, including torpedoes and anti-ship missiles.

Babcock is a proven in‑service supporter for systems that have already been installed on the Collins class submarine and Hobart class guided-missile destroyers. The subcontract with Babcock will support the operation and sustainment of the Attack class while maximizing the involvement of the Australian industry.

The Liberal-National Government’s $50 billion Attack class program will see 12 regionally superior submarines designed and built in Australia, for the Navy.

Our Government is committed to maximizing local industry involvement in the Attack class program to ensure Australians get the most out of this important national investment.

Babcock will transfer the necessary Intellectual Property to its Australian subsidiary Babcock Australia to act as the Engineering Design Authority. This includes training, maintenance and managing the supply chain, creating around 170 new jobs for the build and sustainment of this system. Already, 220 Australian companies have been identified with the potential to become involved in this work following completion of the design phase.

This is the fourth subcontract for major subsystems for the Attack Class Submarine established by Naval Group this year.