Australia’s Future Submarine Program Enters Next Phase


Future Submarine Program Enters Next Phase
(Source: Australian Department of Defence; issued Nov. 30, 2015)

Evaluation of Australia’s Future Submarine program proposals will now commence with all three potential international partners submitting their proposals in full, Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne announced.

“The Government’s Competitive Evaluation Process remains on schedule with Defence receiving submissions from DCNS of France, TKMS of Germany, and the Government of Japan by the 30 November 2015 closing deadline,’’ Senator Payne said.

“Since the CEP began in February, all three participants have worked closely with Defence and they should be congratulated for the hard work and significant investment they have made to reach this point.”

Defence will now assess the ability of the participants to work closely with us, including how each proposal would meet our capability and sustainment needs, and how cost, schedule and risk would be managed throughout the program.

This program offers a once in a generation opportunity for Australian industry to innovate and be part of Australia’s Future Submarine. That is why the assessment will include the level of Australian industry involvement that will be possible under each option.

“Submarines are Defence’s most complex, sensitive, and expensive capability, so it is important that the evaluation process is thorough and robust,’’ Senator Payne said.

“The evaluation process will be overseen by the Expert Advisory Panel to ensure it is conducted fairly and equitably, with advice to be provided to Government in 2016.’’



DCNS of France Shortfin Barracuda

The submarine takes its name from the Shortfin Barracuda, an indigenous species of the Barracuda found in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

DCNS has developed the Shortfin Barracuda with state-of-the-art technology from its larger cousin, the French Navy’s Barracuda nuclear-powered attack submarine, to meet the CEP requirements.

“While exact details remain confidential, DCNS can confirm the Shortfin Barracuda is over 90 metres in length and displaces more than 4,000 tons when dived,” said Sean Costello, CEO DCNS Australia.

“If selected the Shortfin Barracuda will remain in service until the 2060s and the Block 1A platform will be updated and upgraded with new technology developed in France and Australia,” Mr Costello said.

“The technical evolution of the submarine will be enabled by a strategic level Government to Government agreement between France and Australia.”

DCNS is the only submarine design company in the world to have design competencies in nuclear and conventional submarines, safely delivering submarines ranging from 2,000 tons to 14,300 tons to navies all around the world. Source DCNS

TKMS of Germany Type 216

HDW Class 216 Submarine is a long-range multi-mission two-deck fuel cell submarine with exceptional endurance.

It features two pressure-tight compartments, high crew comfort levels and an extremely flexible payload for weapons and mission-orientated exchangeable equipment enhanced by the innovative Vertical Multi-Purpose Lock (VMPL).

  • PERMASYN® propulsion technology
  • Lithium-ion battery technology
  • Composite propeller
  • High, proven automation level
  • Compact sail
  • HABETaS® rescue system

The modular weapon and sensor mix, in combination with the submarine’s air-independent features, makes the HDW Class 216 predestined for

  • Anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare
  • ISTAR – Intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance
  • Land attack capability
  • Special Forces operations
  • Deployment of unmanned vehicles
  • Mine operations and mine reconnaissance.

Technical Data

LOA ~ 90 m
Pressure hull ø ~ 8.1 m
Surface displ. ~ 4,000 t
Weapon tubes 6
Crew 33

Source ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems

Soryu class submarine japan


The Soryu-class submarine is a class of diesel-electric submarine jointly developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation for the need of JapanMaritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). Ten Soryu Class submarines are planned for the JMSDF. The class is an improved version of the Oyashio Class submarine. The class is also referred to as the SS 2,900t and the 16SS project. Source NavyRecognition


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