Australia Sets Up Expert Panel for Sub Selection

Australia established an Expert Advisory Panel to oversee the competitive evaluation process for the country’s future submarine.

The panel will assure the Government that the competitive evaluation process remains sound, is conducted in accordance with probity and accountability principles, and that participants have been treated fairly and equitably.

France, Germany and Japan have confirmed their participation as potential international partners in the program.

Earlier this year, Defence advised Australia would need an international partner to deliver the future submarine program and that a competitive evaluation would provide the best opportunity for Australian industry to maximise its involvement without compromising capability, cost, schedule or risk.

Significant work is expected to be undertaken in Australia during the build phase of the future submarine including combat systems integration, design assurance and land based testing. This will result in the creation of at least 500 new high-skilled jobs in Australia, the majority of which will be in South Australia.

Image: Australian Navy

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