Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia has been awarded a subcontract to design combat system components for the Royal Australian Navy’s future class of submarines.

The contract was awarded by Lockheed Martin Australia and requires Safran to design three major combat system components for the future submarine programme.

Under the A$36.77m ($24.8m) contract, the company will provide the preliminary designs for optronics search and attack mast, navigation radar and navigation data distribution subsystems.

The contract will run until May 2023. Safran will also deliver prototypes and interface simulators under the contract.

Lockheed Martin Australia is the combat system integrator for the future Attack-class submarines.

The contract will support Lockheed Martin’s efforts to undertake further tests and evaluate the integrated performance of the combat system at its Combat System Architecture Laboratory in Adelaide.

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Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand chief executive Joe North said: “Lockheed Martin Australia, in concert with the Department of Defence, is committed to maximising opportunities for Australian industry involvement through all phases of the Future Submarine Program.

“Safran represents the international benchmark in submarine optronics and navigation systems, and we are honoured to welcome the company and its partners to our Australian combat system team.”

Safran will also establish capabilities at its new facility in Botany, New South Wales, to enable the build, integration and ongoing sustainment of the combat system components.

The company will award subcontracts to Acacia Systems and Thomas Global Systems to support the contract. The two Australian firms will design and develop software and hardware, respectively.

Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia CEO Alexis de Pelleport said: “The contract with Lockheed Martin Australia and the Department of Defence will allow us to meet our shared objective of supporting local employment and developing Australian expertise at our Botany facility and through our local partners.

“We are pleased to be working with Lockheed Martin Australia and the Commonwealth to deliver a superior submarine fleet for the region.”