Lockheed builds laboratory to support RAN’s submarine project

27 September 2015 (Last Updated September 27th, 2015 18:30)

Lockheed Martin Australia is set to establish a submarine combat system laboratory in a bid to support the company's effort for the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Future Submarine project SEA 1000 Phase 1.

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Lockheed Martin Australia is set to establish a submarine combat system laboratory in a bid to support the company's effort for the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Future Submarine project SEA 1000 Phase 1.

Located in Mawson Lakes, construction of the new facility started in July and is scheduled to be operational in November.

In addition, an expanded Phase 2 with a secure area is expected to open in the third quarter of 2016.

Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand CEO Raydon Gates said: "A submarine's tactical effectiveness depends on a fully integrated suite of the best technologies from Australia and around the world.

"The ability to seamlessly integrate the best sensors, sonar, radar, navigation, imagery systems and weapons will give Australia's future submarine the tactical advantage it needs, and that is what Lockheed Martin Australia will deliver."

"A submarine's tactical effectiveness depends on a fully integrated suite of the best technologies from Australia and around the world."

The facility will feature a reconfigurable submarine command centre in order to test and assess RAN's concept of operations in a simulated operational environment.

The laboratory will have an advanced computer processing with reconfigurable hardware. It will also include space dedicated to accommodate new technologies that support the next generation of Australian submarines.

Gates said: "The laboratory is all about risk reduction. It gives us the flexibility to work with the SEA 1000 hull designers and combat subsystem providers in every step of the process.

"It's a proven methodology that also reduces development costs and ensures continued interoperability with an affordable, disciplined plan for sustainment."

For this initiative, Lockheed will join forces with Saab Australia and Thales Australia & New Zealand.

The facility to early stages of submarine design is a result of insight gained from the success of the US Navy's Virginia class submarine programme, the company stated.


Image: The SEA 1000 project will replace the six Collins class boats. Photo: courtesy of US Navy by Mass Communication Specialist seaman James R Evans.