KESWICK, Adelaide, South Australia (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Naval Group Australia started the week with signing of a Framework Agreement with ASC on 25th February 2019. The agreement sets the conditions of their partnership regarding the Australian Sovereign Submarine Programs, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
The CEO of ASC, Stuart Whiley, said that the team of ASC are looking forward to work with Naval Group and that, “This agreement will provide Collins Class life-extension program access to Naval Group technology. With Naval Group and ASC working together, I’m confident that both Australian Sovereign Submarine Programs will deliver for Australia now and in the future.”
Under that Framework Agreement Naval Group Australia and ASC will work together through separate commercial arrangements for the purposes of providing supplies and services to each other, including workforce development, OH&S training and services, and supply chain services.
The workforce development will involve co-ordination of experts concerning the support of both Australian Sovereign Submarine Programs.
The goal of the Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) training and services is building of a better and safer sovereign submarine enterprise.
The supply chain services aims at enhancing the Australian Industry Capability, reducing the through-life costs and promoting investments by industry.
For achieving the above set goals, Naval Group Australia and ASC will establish joint working groups for managing the Framework Agreement and identifying, developing and recommending other collaboration opportunities.
The CEO of Naval Group Australia, John Davis, commented, “Naval Group and ASC are natural partners. We share common values and are ideally placed to maximise the synergies between the ongoing Collins class sustainment program and the design and build of the Attack class submarines,” and added, “This innovative collaboration with ASC is a key enabling component of Naval Group’s commitment to design and build 12 Attack class submarines. It will support the development of a sovereign submarine capability, providing economic benefits and supporting industrial development to deliver a multi-generational submarine enterprise to Australia.”
The Collins class of six Australian-built diesel-electric submarines, operated by the Royal Australian Navy, have been constructed and sustained by ASC Pty Ltd, formerly the Australian Submarine Corporation, since the 1980s. Under the Framework Agreement, Naval Group will work with ASC to leverage its experience, achievements and lessons from the Collins Program and help ensure the success of the Future Submarine Program.
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Source: Naval Group Australia, Wikipedia