Australia’s Future Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A Submarines To Be Known As Attack Class

Royal Australian Navy’s new future diesel-electric attack submarines, based on the French Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A design, will be known as the Attack class, Christopher Pyne, Minister for Defence, announced.

Minister Pyne said the first submarine will be called HMAS Attack and will be delivered to the Navy in the early 2030s.

“The Attack class represents the inherent stealth, long-range endurance and lethality of a submarine,” said Minister Pyne.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, said the Attack class will provide Australia with a regionally superior submarine.

“I can also announce the negotiations between the Commonwealth and Naval Group on all key provisions of the Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) have been completed,” Minister Pyne said. “I congratulate everyone involved in achieving this significant milestone.”

The SPA will be signed in early 2019 and will govern the delivery of the Attack class over the decades to come.

“Work on the design of the Attack class will continue without interruption under the Design and Mobilisation Contract which was signed on 30 September 2016.”

The full range of other activities required to deliver this major program, including the development of the submarine construction yard, and the ongoing engagement of Australian industry to achieve Australian sovereignty, are also continuing.

According to the Royal Australian Navy, the Shortfin Barracuda will displace 4,500 tons (surfaced), measure 97 metres in length, have an 8.8-metre 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.

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