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be welcome contributors. These are stealth
and antenna Integration; energy management;
information dominance; platform dynamic behaviour;
embedded autonomous functions; secured complex
systems engineering; eco-compatibility; robustness
of structures in service; productivity and new
Eric Lerais, Supply Chain Manager, DCNS
Australia explained their vision and principles.
This seeks local expertise in the FSP. They want
to combine the best of Australian research with
the DCNS Innovation Network in long-term
relationships. Credible content must be the guiding
principle, so participants should pick a good topic
and a good team, start small, and later expand on
success. Potential partners resolve their respective
contributions, including specialisation, and work
through collaboration not competition or tenders
SUPPLIER ENGAGEMENT WITH THE
Pascal Soulard, Program Procurement Manager for
DCNS Australia, who has just moved with his family
to Adelaide, explained that two-thirds of DCNS’s
French supply chain are SMEs. Where SMEs
don’t exist within Australia in a particular field then
creating them will be a major activity.
He identified opportunities for SMEs in raw
material supply from late 2017 onwards for delivery
of preformed and semi-finished steel, pipes and
tubes, electrical cables and automatisms like
Sourcing and delivery of systems and equipment
will start from late 2018 onwards. These will include
composite material, fabrication, high volume air
conditioning (HVAC), fluid and hydraulic equipment
plus energy storage and distribution.
At this stage the demand for services will start
to grow including software design, implementation
and independent verification and validation
(IV&V). There will be a large and complex work
content in design and arrangement studies. And
as the infrastructure starts to build there will be
requirements for conventional services like welding,
painting, assembly and coating.
Suppliers are tiered according to their importance
to DCNS projects. The process of supplier
qualification in Australia will be to establish three
levels dependent on product risk and supplier risk.
Level 1 will be direct qualification with no analysis
other than information collection and substantiation.
Level 2 will involve a quality audit. Level 3, the
highest level, implies full qualification through both
quality and technical audits.
Registration as a potential supplier will be
through the DCNS Innovation Portal. Download and
complete Supplier Pre-Qualification Questionnaire
(SPQQ). Applicants will need to forward brochures
and certifications. There will be a flash audit to
validate the information provided in the SPQQ, plus
other audits dependent on supplier level, before the
potential supplier can join the DCNS panel.
CASG INDUSTRY DIVISION SUPPORT
The major activity by CASG’s Industry Division is
the formation of the Centre for Defence Industry
Capability (CDIC). Kate Louis, First Assistant
Secretary, Defence Industry Policy explained how
this is proceeding and what it will offer industry
It was unfortunate for Kate Louis that she received
the toughest question of the Q&A session:
“ With the ASC workforce today announcing a
strike, and the DCNS workers at Cherbourg also
going on strike, how can you be sure there will
not be industrial action which holds up the future
submarine construction program? ”
The looks on the faces of other panellists revealed
they were very glad not to have received this
question! In fact Kate Louis made a brave attempt
but there was really no complete answer that she
could have given.
WHERE TO NEXT?
Much of the design work being carried out in
Cherbourg and increasingly in Adelaide will not
be visible to the casual observer. Because of
the complexities inherent in this work and the
evolutionary nature of the interactive elements, it will
take several years for progress to become evident.
Construction of land-based test facilities for
both the platform systems and combat systems
will start in the second half of 2018. During the
first half of 2019 more physical progress will be
evident at the site.
Meantime, Lockheed Martin and DCNS will be
auditing the capabilities of prospective Australian
industry partner. This will include getting a more
detailed insight into the systems and ser vices
being supplied from within Australia for the Collins
This is truly a massive enterprise and one where it
is difficult to gain a full view of the complete picture.
Hopefully Defence will continue to be, in CDRE
Houghton’s words “ as transparent as possible with
you – what we are doing and why.”
The next Future Submarine Program Industry
Briefing will be held in Sydney on 16 February 2017.
(APDR advises that anyone wanting a copy of the
presentations at this briefing can obtain them at
Artist’s impression of a Shortfin Barracuda. Credit: DCN
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