While the Future Submarine program has taken centre stage at Pacific 2015 as the Competitive Evaluation Process reaches its climax, the two companies competing for the replacement replenishment vessels project have been talking up their proposals as they await the outcome of a completed tender process.
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has partnered with BAE Systems Australia, BMT Defence Services, L-3 Communications and Saab, and held a memorandum of understanding signing ceremony at Pacific 2015 to emphasise its commitment to local participation in its tender response.
Under the SEA 1654 Phase 3 Maritime Operational Support Capability project, DSME of South Korea has put forward a version of the Logistics Support Vessel (LSV) that is close to that for the Royal Norwegian Navy.
More than 90 per cent of in-service support work for the first five years after delivery would be done in Australia, thereby helping to support Australian jobs, according to Wan-Ho Jo, manager of the naval and special ship marketing team at DSME.
Spanish company Navantia, meanwhile, has submitted its bid for the two-vessel contract based on the Cantabria class.
Changes to this design for the Australian tender while important are minor from an engineering and production perspective, Navantia Australia managing director Francisco Baron told Australian Defence Business Review.
“The ships will be built basically in Spain, that is the baseline proposal,” he said. “If the Commonwealth would like to do some work here, there is an open door for that, although it has to be further developed and analysed.”
Navantia is also preparing to engage with Australian industry for sustainment if selected for SEA 1654, and announced at Pacific 2015 that it is setting up a consortium with SAGE Automation for the development of the Integrated Platform Management System.