Australian submarine specialist ASC has secured an agreement with French submarine electric motor manufacturer Jeumont Electric to collaborate on motors in Australia for both the Collins Class and Future Submarine programs.
Under the long-term collaboration agreement, the duo will exploit synergies in the delivery of services supporting the ongoing sustainment and upgrade of the Collins Class as well as in preparation to support the design, build and test of the main motors for the Future Submarine program.
As explained, the agreement builds upon the long-standing relationship developed between Jeumont Electric and ASC during ASC’s construction and now sustainment of the Collins Class.
Jeumont Electric is the supplier of the main motors for the Collins Class fleet and the preferred supplier of new generation permanent magnet motors for the Australian Future Submarine program.
Announcing the collaboration during the Submarine Institute of Australia annual conference in Canberra, ASC Chief Executive Officer Stuart Whiley said: “This collaboration with Jeumont will help to meet the future demands of both the Collins Class and Future Submarine programs. We look forward to jointly working with Jeumont, in Australia and in France, to expand our capabilities and support Australia’s historic submarine industry expansion in coming years.”
Whiley added that the agreement with Jeumont comes after the recent signature of collaboration agreements with Naval Group suppliers Endel Engie and Group FIVA to establish Australian-based joint operations in support of the Future Submarine program.
ASC has also secured an agreement with Saab Australia to work on the Swedish A26 submarine program. Saab is currently building two A26 submarines for the Royal Swedish Navy.