Babcock to Design Weapon Discharge System for Australia’s Attack Class Submarines

Babcock International Group PLC has signed a subcontract with prime contractor Naval Group for the design of the weapon discharge system for the Royal Australian Navy’s future Attack-class submarines.

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 (AShMs).

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.

The subcontract with Babcock will support the operation and sustainment of the Attack class while maximising the involvement of Australian industry.

Babcock is a proven in‑service supporter for systems that have already been installed on the RAN’s Collins-class submarines and Hobart-class guided-missile destroyers.

This is the fourth subcontract for major subsystems for the Attack Class Submarine established by Naval Group this year. MTU was awarded the subcontract for the design of the Diesel Generator Rectifiers in April while Schneider Electric France was awarded the subcontract for the design of the Main DC Switchboards in May. Last month, Jeumont Electric (France) was awarded the subcontract for the design of the Main Electric Propulsion Equipment.

Already, 220 Australian companies have been identified with the potential to become involved in the work following completion of the design phase.

The $50 billion Attack class program will see 12 diesel-electric attack submarines, based on the French Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A design by Naval Group, being designed and built in Australia, for the Navy.

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