Australia Selects First Major Local Partners for Attack Class Submarine Project

Australian companies, Berendsen Fluid Power and H & H Machine Tools have been selected as the first local partners for major equipment design contracts that will support the build of the Attack Class submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.

The contracts were announced by Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds and Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price MP on Nov. 28.

“The awarding of these contracts supports the Morrison Government’s objectives of providing sovereign support for the design, build, operations and sustainment of the fleet as well as maximising the involvement of Australian industry,” Minister Reynolds said.

Under the deal, Seven Hills-based Berendsen Fluid Power and Melbourne’s H & H Machine Tools will partner with Pinette Emidecau Industries and Starrag Group Holding AG to become the design authority and manage the local manufacture of medium capacity presses and a large-capacity milling machine.

“The value of work for local companies is estimated at $20 million, supporting more Aussie jobs and opportunities for small business,” Minister Price said. “Our $50 billion investment in 12 future submarines will create thousands of Australian jobs and new opportunities for small businesses and these contracts are part of this commitment.”

The Attack-class submarines are Royal Australian Navy’s future diesel-electric attack submarines which are based on the Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A design developed by French shipbuilder Naval Group.

The $50 billion program will see 12 attack submarines, being designed and built in Australia, for the Navy.

According to the Navy, the Attack-class submarines will displace 4,500 tons (surfaced), measure 97 meters in length, have an 8.8-meter beam, use pump-jet propulsion, have a range of 18,000 nautical miles, a top speed of greater than 20 knots, an endurance of 80 days and a crew of 60.

The first submarine, HMAS Attack, will be delivered to the Navy in the early 2030s.

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