French shipbuilder Naval Group has released first expressions of interest (EOIs) and requests for information (RFIs) for major equipment and common technologies on the Royal Australian Navy’s Future Submarine program.
“We are seeking Australian companies to take part in the largest defense acquisition project in Australia’s history, a project that will span 50 years,” said Brent Clark, Interim CEO of Naval Group Australia.
“We encourage suppliers from across all industries, regardless of background and size, to review the EOIs and RFIs and let us know if they have the products and/or equipment to design and build Australia’s next generation of submarines”.
The EOI released by Naval Group relating to major equipment for the Future Submarine include electrical, fluidic, mechanical, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment. The EOIs will remain open until Friday, 5 January 2018. These EOIs are the first of the major equipment requirements, with further EOIs to be released in 2018.
Naval Group have also released a number of RFI for common technologies. Australian suppliers are encouraged to respond if they are compliant (or could potentially be compliant) with the requirements of a variety of products including castings, steel bars, alloy and steel forge parts and titanium bars. The RFIs will remain open until Friday, 5 January 2018.
All EOIs and RFIs are to be reviewed and submitted via the Australian Government’s supplier and project portal, the Industry Capability Network – https://gateway.icn.org.au/project/3915/naval-group-future-submarine.
The French company said 509 companies had registered their expression of interest with Naval Group for the Future Submarine Program through the Industry Capability Network portal as of December 8.