Composites manufacturing company Quickstep could become a supplier on the forthcoming Barracuda Shortfin Future Submarine.
Quickstep has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with preferred Future Submarine designer DCNS that will see Quickstep produce representative demonstrator components to validate its technology for naval.
The MoU was signed in Canberra by Marie-Pierre de Bailliencourt, deputy chief executive officer, DCNS Group, and David Marino, chief executive officer and managing director of Quickstep Holdings Limited.
“The application of Quickstep’s carbon fibre composites expertise for the marine defence industry is a natural extension of our technology,” Marino said.
“The MoU provides opportunities for Quickstep to participate in DCNS’s supply chain and for the potential use of our technology in submarine platforms in Australia and overseas.”
DCNS Australia CEO Sean Costello said DCNS has commenced building a Future Submarine supply chain in Australia.
“Ultimately this supply chain will comprise several hundred companies across Australia and form the Future Submarine Enterprise.”