Lürssen Australia, the prime contractor for the project to build 12 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), has confirmed that Austal will not be participating in the AUD4 billion (USD3 billion) programme.
In a statement on 11 May, Lürssen Australia said it has concluded commercial negotiations with shipbuilders ASC and Civmec, which will both undertake steel fabrication and OPV construction. It added that Saab Australia and L3 Australia will provide the OPVs’ situational awareness system and communications system respectively.
On being named preferred tenderer for the programme in November 2017, Lürssen Australia said that subject to negotiations Austal would also be involved in the programme to construct the vessels.
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