Australian shipbuilding company ASC has entered an agreement with Saab for the Royal Swedish Navy’s A26 submarine programme.

The collaboration will support the provision of a range of services that includes engineering for the two new Swedish submarines currently under development with Saab.

Under the agreement, the two companies will launch a pilot programme that would encourage ASC’s experienced submarine designers to provide specialist detailed design services in Adelaide to support the A26 programme.

ASC chief executive Stuart Whiley said: “Today ASC is the ‘in service designer’ for the Collins-class fleet and home to Australia’s elite submarine platform experts.

“We are delighted to again be engaged with Saab, this time supporting the Swedish A26 project.”

“This agreement will facilitate engineering knowledge and experience transfer between Australia and Sweden.”

With successful completion of the programme, ASC will be responsible for delivering ongoing services to Saab across a wide number of projects.

The Swedish Navy’s A26 submarine programme will provide additional opportunities and professional rewards for engineers and designers of the shipbuilder. It will also support the company’s core responsibility of the platform sustainment of the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins-class fleet.

Saab Australia managing director Andy Keough said: “This agreement with ASC is another example of Saab’s commitment to the Australian Submarine enterprise and will facilitate engineering knowledge and experience transfer between Australia and Sweden.

“We are pleased to engage ASC in the Saab supply chain.”

Designed to replace the Swedish Navy’s Gotland-class submarines, the Type A26 vessels will be built to perform a wide range of missions, which include maritime security, covert mine countermeasure, and anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.