As Australia is scheduled to increase its defence capability by investing $195 billion, Western Australia has been identified as one of Australia’s two strategic locations for naval and commercial shipbuilding, upgrade, maintenance and sustainment.
Western Australia is home to about 180 defence related companies employing over 4000, and is ready to play a major role in building and maintaining Australia’s next generation of naval assets.
Key Defence contracts:
- Pacific Patrol Boats: $306 million contract to construct and maintain 21 replacement Pacific Patrol Boats awarded to WA-based Austal.
- SEA 1000 Future Submarines Project: French shipbuilder DCNS was awarded the tender to design Australia’s 12 new Future submarines. Contract is valued at $50 billion.
- SEA 1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Program: Three European shipbuilders have been shortlisted: Damen, Fassmer and Lürssen. Construction of the first two vessels will start in South Australia in 2018 and then transfer to Western Australia in 2020.
- SEA 5000 Future Frigate Program: valued at $35 billion this program will replace Australia’s fleet of ANZAC Class frigates. Three European shipbuilders have been shortlisted: BAE Systems, Fincantieri, and Navantia.
WA-based shipbuilders involved in key defence contracts
Austal was awarded the Pacific Patrol Boats contract and will construct and maintain the 21 replacement Pacific Patrol Boats and ships in Henderson in WA. The WA-based company which has an international footprint, building 15 per cent of the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Vessel fleet, has recently teamed up with Fassmer in their bid for the OPV program.
BAE Systems Australia is currently delivering the ANZAC refit and upgrade program alongside the Australian Marine Complex in WA and is also bidding for the Future Frigate program.
Civmec has started construction of a $80 million shipbuilding facility at Henderson in Western Australia. This will be Australia's biggest undercover shipbuilding space large enough to house complete air warfare destroyers and frigates as well as offshore patrol vessels for construction and maintenance.
ASC Shipbuilding is operating the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins Class submarine build and ongoing maintenance program. ASC is also building the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer project.
Damen and Lürssen have both named ASC Shipbuilding and Civmec as their preferred contractors in their bid for the OPV program.
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