Naval Group Australia and ASC have signed a Framework Agreement to cooperate on Australian Sovereign Submarine Programs.

The agreement comes after Naval Group signed a strategic partnering agreement with the Australian Government earlier this month to build and deliver 12 Attack-class submarines.

The framework comprises the terms and conditions for joint partnership through separate commercial arrangements, which will involve the companies supporting each other through supplies and services.

It entails cooperation in the areas of workforce developments, OH&S training and services, and supply chain services to support Australia’s sovereign submarine capability.

The companies intend to cooperate on the sustainment of Australia’s Collins-class fleet and the A$50bn Attack-class submarines programme.

Naval Group Australia CEO John Davis said: “We share common values and are ideally placed to maximise the synergies between the ongoing Collins-class sustainment programme and the design and build of the Attack class submarines.”

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“Naval Group aims to leverage ASC’s experience in the construction and sustainment of the Collins-class submarines to deliver the Future Submarine Program.”

“This innovative collaboration with ASC is a key enabling component of Naval Group’s commitment to design and build 12 Attack-class submarines. It will support the development of a sovereign submarine capability, providing economic benefits and supporting industrial development to deliver a multi-generational submarine enterprise to Australia.”

Naval Group aims to leverage ASC’s experience in the construction and sustainment of the Collins-class submarines to deliver the Future Submarine Program.

ASC CEO Stuart Whiley said: “It’s an exciting time for ASC and our people to be working with Naval Group for the Attack-class submarine programme and this agreement will provide Collins-class life-extension programme access to Naval Group technology.

“With Naval Group and ASC working together, I’m confident that both Australian Sovereign Submarine Programs will deliver for Australia now and in the future.”

The companies will set up joint working groups to manage the Framework Agreement. The working groups will also include identifying, developing and recommending other collaboration opportunities.