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DAVID C. ISBY
Collins Class Submarine, HMAS Waller sailing from Fleet Base West.
he combat system, weapons and unmanned undersea
vehicle (UUV) options selected for any submarine design
under consideration to meet the SEA 1000 requirement
for the Royal Australian Navy, will, as much as the
design itself, shape the capabilities of this planned class.
These 12 future submarines may well remain in service until the
2070s. With the SEA 1000 program predicted to be Australia’s most
expensive defense procurement ever, these decisions will be as
financially significant as they are likely to be long-lasting.
The SEA 1000 submarine program is currently in the concept
design phase of development. The preliminary design phase is to
get under way in 2011, followed by detailed design in 2013, with
construction to start in 2017 and the first unit to enter service in
2024. The SEA 1000 program will take place in parallel with multiple
programs supporting the six current RAN Collins class submarines
that will be upgraded until 2017, with the first unit scheduled to
be withdrawn from ser vice in 2025. The overlap of the two designs
in service, and the challenges inherent in expanding the RAN
submarine force are among the factors that will certainly influence
the impending decisions on selection of a submarine design to
meet the SEA 1000 requirement and what combat system and other
material will be procured to equip them.
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