The programme is one of three surface shipbuilding projects representing A$40 billion worth of investment, announced by the Federal Government in April 2016. Three European companies have been shortlisted and are undergoing a Competitive Evaluation Process to refine their designs.
Twelve vessels are scheduled to be built under the OPV programme.
Ina separate announcement, Austal Ships was selected as the preferred tenderer for the Pacific Patrol Boat replacement programme.
WA Premier Colin Barnett said, "I congratulate Austal Ships on being selected as the preferred tenderer to construct and maintain up to 21 replacement steel-hulled Pacific patrol boats at their premises at the Australian Marine Complex. This contract is valued at A$500 million and is expected to create about 130 jobs.
"WA has the infrastructure, capability and expertise to participate in future naval defence shipbuilding and submarine programs. Our industry is innovative and our workshops are ready.
"I, along with Western Australian Commerce Minister Michael Mischin, will continue to promote the State's capabilities to key decision makers, including the successful three shortlisted designers of the OPV," he concluded.
The surface vessel announcements were in addition to the announcement of DCNS, the French defence sector group being selected as the preferred tenderer for the A$50 billion Future Submarine project to build 12 new submarines to replace the RAN’s Collins-Class submarine fleet.
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