Identified in the 2009 Defence White Paper, the SEA 1000 Future Submarine Project seeks to acquire an increased and enhanced submarine capability that will provide the Australian Defence Force with a potent submarine capability beyond the planned withdrawal date of the Collins Class submarines.
SEA 1000 Capability
SEA 1000 will provide Australia with a new and more potent defence capability with greater range, longer partrol endurance and increased capability compared to the Collins Class submarines. Key capabilities will be in the areas of:
• Anti-submarine warfare;
• Anti-surface warfare;
• Surveillance and reconnaissance;
• Electronic warfare;
• Mine warfare; and
• Support to both special forces and advance force operations.
The project will undertake a competitive, staged acquisition process to acquire this capability.
SEA 1000 Competitive Evaluation Process
In February 2015 the Australian Government announced it would undertake a Competitive Evaluation Process for the SEA 1000 Future Submarine Project and invited Germany, France and Japan to participate. That process has commenced and ASC has been engaging with each of the three partners.
During the process we have been demonstrating our capability to the three participants and responding to their requests for information to enable them to prepare their respective responses to Government. Those responses, which will include options for domestic, overseas and hybrid builds, are due at the end of November 2015.
ASC stands ready and able to take part in this important national project.
Further information is available at www.sea1000.gov.au