Australian shipbuilder ASC is increasing engagement with foreign counterparts to secure exports and sustain operational capability, company chairman Bruce Carter has revealed.
Carter said during a recent Senate economic committee that the state-owned firm could be forced to cut more than half its workforce by 2019 if new orders are not urgently secured.
ASC is expected (although not confirmed) to partner with foreign contractors on a programme from 2018 to build offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) under the SEA 1180 project. From the early 2020s the firm is also expected to participate in the RAN’s Future Frigate (SEA 5000) construction programme, which will also be led by a foreign contractor.
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