Australian naval shipbuilder ASC has signed an agreement with Babcock International to support the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Collins-class submarines, it was announced on 4 October.
Under the goods and services agreement (GSA), ASC said it will collaborate with Babcock to supply maintenance, refurbishment, supply, engineering, and management services for the six submarines.
The GSA officially commenced in mid-September and runs for three years, with potential to extend for a further two years. The accord replaces a previous transitional services agreement (TSA), which was signed by the two companies in November 2015 but expired in June 2017.
The value of the new GSA was not disclosed, but the TSA was valued by Babcock at up to AUD15 million (USD12 million).
The agreement between ASC and Babcock was announced on the same day that the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) disclosed two projects to sustain the Collins-class submarines.
These include a contract undertaken by Saab Australia to update the submarines’ control system, and a communications upgrade led by Raytheon Australia. Saab signed a similar deal on the Collins-class boats in 2013, which expired in 2016, while Raytheon Australia supplied the submarines’ AN/BYG-1 combat control system.
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