Home' Asia Pacific Defence Reporter : APDR June 2016 Contents feed into their heat treatment process limits their
own choice of potential Australian suppliers. Since
1979, they have had a long standing technical and
commercial relationship with Bluescope at Port
Kembla. They will be working closely with them to be
selected by DCNS.
Bisalloy had previously registered their capabilities
and interest with DCNS at its 2015 CEP information
session and now expresses willingness to participate
with DCNS in the Detailed Design phase.
Mr Greg Albert, managing director and chief
executive of Bisalloy Steel Group told APDR
“Bisalloy has a long and proud history of supplying
high strength steel plate for defence applications,
for both naval applications and land vehicles. We
have been a supplier to the Australian Department of
Defence since 1984, manufacturing the HY-80 steel
plate for the two FFGs built in Melbourne. In the late
1980s we began supply of a special grade of high
strength steel plate for the Collins class submarines.
We have also been the armour plate supplier for
Australia’s Bushmaster Infantry Mobility vehicles.
“Since the announcement of the successful bidder
for the new Submarine project, we have met with
Kim Gillis (Deputy Secretary CASG). We have
progressed with the collaboration process, and
continue to engage with our feed supplier Bluescope
Port Kembla, DMTC and DSTG, with the goal
of jointly developing high technology, innovative,
sustainable solutions for a range of upcoming
“ If successful, we will become a technology
partner enabling us to manufacture ‘best in world’
products which will produce substantial benefits for
other industry sectors”
ATSA Defence Ser vices, based at Thornton,
provides a range of remotely operated vehicles
(ROVs) and products for ocean and water ways
ATSA is a distributor for SAAB Seaeye under water
vehicles. Seaeye is widely regarded as the leading
supplier of ROVs to the offshore oil and gas industry.
The vehicles can also be used for security, diver
support, salvage and naval tasks as well as for coastal
and inshore operators for observation, inspection,
environmental work, deep tunnel penetration and
They have been heavily involved with the RAN’s
minehunters construction and sustainment, therefore
they have much to offer SEA1000.
Jenkins Engineering Defence Systems (JEDS) is
a wholly owned Australian Marketing, Engineering
Support, Custom R & D and Manufacturer
of Electronic Warfare (SIGINT), Radar and
Communication products for Government, Defence
and Security applications.
They are a Defence Recognised Supplier with
expertise to manufacture, supply and support
electronic warfare (EW) equipment, radar
and radio communication systems. They have
participated in many major RAN EW programs
over the last 25 years.
Mastercut Technologies on the Gold Coast
specialise in fabricating precision parts from thin
metals including stainless steel, copper and brass.
Supplying to OEM companies in Australia, New
Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa,
processes include chemical etching (PCM), ultra
precision laser cutting and abrasive jet machining.
Rhino Industrial has been formulating and
manufacturing superior pure polyurea, modified
polyurea, polyurethane, primer and aliphatic lining
systems for commercial and industrial applications
since the mid-1990s. Today, Rhino Linings is
recognised as the world's No.1 spray applied
protective coatings and linings company, with 1500
dealers operating in 65 countries around the world.
Rhino Linings provides superior solutions against
abrasion, corrosion, impact and blast mitigation and
are used to enhance composite armour products.
Rhino Linings REXAR® range of military approved
linings can be found in military helicopters, personnel
carriers, composite armour plates, fuel tanker linings
and many other military applications.
Safran is a Top 20 company in France with $A 23
billion annual revenues, invests 13% of sales in R&D
and has 69,000 employees in over 60 countries
APDR had the opportunity to discuss involvement
in the Future Submarine program with François
Romanet, CEO, Safran Australia. He described
how technology transfer and innovation fuelled their
growth in Australia.
This organisation is already involved with Collins
Class through its defence electronics subsidiary
SAGEM providing SIGMA 40XP (eXtended
Performance) gyro-laser inertial navigation systems.
These are optimised for excellent submerged
endurance to provide safe, discreet submarine
navigation by transmitting position and attitude
(heading, pitch and roll) information to navigating
officers and the combat system.
Peter Cave of Schneider Electric gave a run down
on his company to the DCNS Innovation Seminar
in Adelaide during March 2016. He noted that
the company has 130,000 employees world-wide,
total annual revenue of 27 billion Euros, of which
it spends 5% on Research and Development. As a
result of this large R&D effort, 43% of its business is
now in solutions and services rather than products.
Within Australia they have 4000 people and
conduct manufacturing and R&D here. They are
heavily involved with innovation and knowledge
transfer between France and Australia. Their
Accredited Partner Network is available to build
solutions for the Future Submarines.
Jeumont-Schneider is a French electric and
mechanical engineering group, which supplied
three 1.4 MW 440 volt DC electric generators for
each Collins Class submarine, as well as electric
distribution gear and the submarine’s 5.4 MW
main propulsion DC motor. No doubt they will be
heavily involved with the electricity generation and
propulsion equipment for the Future Submarine.
Thales, a 35% shareholder in DCNS, with the
French Government owning the remaining shares,
has been heavily involved with the Collins Class
submarines and no doubt will be similarly committed
For Collins Class they supply the Sintra Scylla
active /passive bow sonar, linked to three-a -side flank
panels for intercept and arranging. Their SHOR-TAS
towed passive array is paid out and gathered in via a
horizontal pipe at the rear of the submarines. Thales
Optronics manufactured the periscopes.
Thales has considerable experience with
underwater systems and will play a major part,
with others, in both the Detailed Design phase and
subsequent submarine construction.
This article has had only a limited space in which to
provide examples of the Australian defence industry
and its capabilities to support the Future Submarine.
Each organisation that APDR looked at had areas
of excellence directly applicable to the SEA1000
In a way, it has been unfair to select just a
few companies out of the many hundreds who
could have been covered. But the purpose of this
two part article was to show that in choosing to
build all twelve submarines in Adelaide, despite
the shipyard start-up for a continuous submarine
building program out to around 2050, there will be
plenty of suppliers ready and willing to demonstrate
their skills with the intention of being chosen to
participate in this exciting project.
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