ASC and Saab have signed an agreement for ASC to provide specialist engineering services for Saab’s A26 submarine program for the Royal Swedish Navy.
The agreement will see the two companies launch a pilot program that will see ASC deliver specialist detailed design services in Adelaide for the A26 program, and ongoing services to Saab across various projects.
“The Saab-ASC engagement recognises ASC’s long-standing relationship with Saab on the Collins class submarine,” ASC Chief Executive Stuart Whiley said in a statement. “It also recognises ASC’s up-to-date design-to-build capability first developed in the Collins project in partnership with Kockums in the 1980s and 1990s.
“Today ASC is the ‘in service designer’ for the Collins Class fleet and home to Australia’s elite submarine platform experts. We are delighted to again be engaged with Saab, this time supporting the Swedish A26 project.”
Saab Australia Managing Director Andy Keough added; “This agreement with ASC is another example of Saab’s commitment to the Australian Submarine enterprise, and will facilitate engineering knowledge and experience transfer between Australia and Sweden. We are pleased to engage ASC in the Saab supply chain.”
Sweden has two A26s on order and these will replace Gotland class submarines in service. Saab has proposed three versions of the A26 with varying lengths and displacements, the Pelagic, the Oceanic, and the Oceanic Extended Range (ER).