BMT Design & Technology (BMT) has received a research grant to develop a risk analysis and evaluation of emerging technologies, challenges and design solutions to support Australia's SEA1000 future submarine programme.
Australia's $50bn submarine programme aims to build vessels that feature range and endurance similar to the Collins-class submarine, as well as superior sensor performance, and stealth characteristics.
BMT Design & Technology senior engineer Aidan Depetro said: "Australia's next generation submarine is likely to feature a combination of new and existing technologies which in turn, creates unexplored risks.
"The severity of those risks, potential mitigation measures and the effectiveness of any proposed controls are all unknown and there has been very little work carried out in this area."
BMT secured this funding in collaboration with Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) through the Australian Defence Science Institute's (DSI) Collaboration Research Grant Scheme.
This research scheme is aimed to enable industry and DSTO to carry out collaborative research with DSI participating universities. This year, the scheme received more than 30 research proposals, seeking over $1.4m in funding.
With this new grant, BMT will partner with DSTO and Victoria University for the research project.
This project will primarily seek to review the range of possible technologies that could be integrated into the future submarine.
In addition, it will deliver a risk-based assessment of all components and sub-components of the future submarine fire-safety system.
This new submarine fleet is expected to fill a capability gap in the mid-2020s, when the Collins-class submarine is scheduled to retire from service.
Image: The research grant will allow BMT to review the range of possible technologies that could be integrated into the future submarine. Photo: courtesy of BMT Group Ltd.