Through Life Support
Following on from the completion and delivery of the six Collins Class submarines to the Royal Australian Navy, on 8 December 2003, ASC signed a multi-billion Through Life Support agreement with Defence Materiel Organisation. This covers ongoing design enhancements, maintenance and support of the submarines until the end of their operational lives.
The initial duration of the agreement was for 15 years, with two five-year options to extend through life support.
In 2012, ASC signed a new In Service Support Contract (ISSC), a replacement contract for the Collins Class submarine Through Life Support agreement.
The ISSC is a performance based contract and ASC's ability to achieve profits under it will depend on our ability to achieve favourable schedule, cost and reliability outcomes.
The contract reaffirms ASC’s reputation as Australia's pre-eminent centre for submarine construction, modification, repair and maintenance, and is a significant investment in Australian technology and intellectual capital.
The majority of submarine maintenance work is undertaken at ASC North in Osborne, South Australia, by way of full cycle dockings (major refits). Other shorter term submarine maintenance activities are carried out at ASC West in Henderson, Western Australia, where the submarines are based.
Our world class team of designers and engineers are constantly developing and implementing upgrades which ensure the Collins Class submarines remain at the cutting edge of submarine technology.