The Australian government and France’s DCNS have signed
the contract to begin the design
phase for the Royal Australian
Navy’s (RAN’s) Future Submarine
Program (SEA 1000).
The submarine design will
be based on the DCNS Shortfin
Barracuda. In April, the Australian
government announced DCNS had
been selected as its international
partner for the $38.1 billion Future
Submarine. A final design is expected by 2021, with construction on
the first hull beginning in 2022.
Australia also announced that
Lockheed Martin Australia had been
selected as the combat systems integrator for the 12-hull submarine program. Lockheed Martin Australia will
work with DCNS and the Australian
defense industry to integrate a U.S.-derived combat system solution into
the Shortfin Barracuda design, which
was one of the major criteria for the
Australia’s “Defence White Paper
2016,” released in February, called
for the combat system to consist of
an upgraded version of the General
Dynamics AN/BYG- 1 combat system and the Raytheon Mk 48 Mod
7 heavyweight torpedo.
The first submarines are expected
to enter service in the early 2030s,
and the program will run through
the late 2040s/early 2050s. To ensure
there is no capability gap, development of the next-generation submarine will begin by the mid-2050s.
DCNS and Lockheed Martin
Canada will be leading Industry
Days throughout the next year in
Australia in order to maximize
Australian industry involvement in
Philippines to Acquire
Two Coast Guard Vessels
Philippine President Ridrigo Duterte
has approved a deal with Japan
for the acquisition of two 94-meter
vessels for the Philippine Coast
Guard (PCG) worth $167.3 million.
The Coast Guard program is part
of the long-term Maritime Safety
Capability Improvement Project.
All Japanese shipyards will be
eligible to bid for the program,
which will consist of two MultiRole Response Vessels (MRRVs).
The MRRVs may be based on the
Japan Coast Guard Hateruma-class
Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), of
which nine units were built at
Mitsui Shipyard in Tamano. The
ships, commissioned from 2008
through 2010, have a flight deck to
operate a medium-sized helicopter.
The PCG has a specific requirement for the vessel to operate an
With the first unit planned for
commissioning in November 2020,
a final design and shipyard could
be selected next year and a contract
in place by 2018. The second unit
is scheduled to be delivered to the
PCG in March 2021. A contract
may contain an option for two
additional units, as the PCG has a
requirement for up to four MRRVs
in this size range.
The MRRV will have a top speed
of 30 knots and a range of 4,000
nautical miles at 15 knots. It will
have the capability to rescue up to
500 passengers in the event of a
The PCG also has 10 40-Meter
MRRVs under contract with Japan
Marine United Yokohama Shipyard.
The first was delivered to the PCG
in early August.
Brazil Signs Deal
For LPD, Frigate
The Brazilian Navy (Marinha do
Brasil, or MdB) has signed a deal
with South Korea’s POSCO Daewoo
(formerly Daewoo International)
worth an estimated $1 billion to
provide one Makassar-class landing platform dock (LPD) and one
2,800-ton frigate to the MdB. Brazil’s
Arsenal do Rio de Janeiro also will
be modernized under this deal.
Australia Begins Design
Activities for Future Submarine
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Two 94-meter vessels for the Philippine Coast Guard may be based on the
Japan Coast Guard (JCG) Hateruma-class Offshore Patrol Vessel, shown here.
Nine units of the class were built for the JCG at Mitsui Shipyard in Tamano.