French naval contractor DCNS has signed a new agreement to operate as a supporting industry participant with Australia's Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC).

The new deal will see DCNS collaborate with DMTC on various initiatives, with primary focus placed on naval shipbuilding and repair, as well as the development of technical expertise and building industrial capacity within the Australian maritime sector's supply chains.

In addition, work on a project that aims to reduce the levels of distortion experienced during the construction of a naval surface vessel is already underway.

The development is being carried out by research partners from the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group, and Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

DMTC CEO Dr Mark Hodge said: “I am confident the project will achieve outcomes with direct relevance to defence’s capability needs.

"We have had strong support from defence’s SEA 5000 Programme, and are working closely with DST Group scientists and research and industry partners."

“We have had strong support from defence’s SEA 5000 Programme, and are working closely with DST Group scientists and research and industry partners.

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“Through these types of projects we are taking technologies at the core of DMTC’s established expertise, including welding, corrosion management, life-of-type modelling and both production and sustainment technologies, and looking to extend industry capacity in support of Australia’s continuous surface shipbuilding programme.”

DCNS will work in collaboration with the same team from DMTC that earlier worked together to improve welding processes for panel construction on Australia’s fleet of air warfare destroyers (AWDs) for this current project.

DMTC primarily develops and provides several technology and manufacturing solutions to improve capabilities for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and reinforce Australian industrial capacity.