Widely regarded as the best conventional submarine in the world, the Collins Class submarines bristle with technological and performance capability.
The Collins Class submarines have a diameter of approximately 8 metres with a displacement of 3,000 tonnes.
They are designed to be as near noiseless as advanced technology can achieve.
The control and monitoring of shipboard functions are handled by the ship-wide integrated ship control, management and monitoring system. The system uses special and general purpose processors linked by two sets of redundant serial data buses. In addition, the system provides a high level of automation, allowing the crew size to be significantly smaller than other conventional submarines.
The Collins Class' manoeuvrability functions include four aft control surfaces individually actuated to provide superior manoeuvrability and inherent redundancy. The submarines are deep diving and can travel at speeds greater than 20 knots (submerged) and 10 knots (surfaced).
The submarines have six forward torpedo tubes and are able to carry up 22 torpedoes or anti-ship missiles, or up to 44 mines in place of torpedoes.
They are also able to employ sophisticated countermeasures which provide automatic detection, direction finding and identification of radar signals.
The Collins Class has some of the most technologically advanced sonar systems, decoy methods and radars.
|High capability battery, long range and high endurance|
|High performance hull form, automated controls and exceptional manoeuvrability|
|High shock resistance, optimal noise suppression and low magnetic signature|
|State-of-the-art combat system|
|Efficient weapons handling and discharge systems||Specifications |
|Displacement ||3,000 tonnes|
|Crew ||42, including 6 officers and 36 submariners|
|Weapons ||Mk48 Heavyweight torpedoes and sub-harpoon missiles|