The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 23 November that France's Naval Group signed a subcontract with Babcock International for the design of the weapon discharge system for the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) future Attack-class submarines.
"The development of the weapon discharge system is critical to the overall design of the Attack-class submarine[s]. Its purpose is to launch the submarine's main weapons, including torpedoes and anti-ship missiles," said Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds in a statement.
Babcock, which also supports systems installed on the RAN's Collins-class submarines and Hobart-class guided-missile destroyers, "will transfer the necessary intellectual property to its Australian subsidiary Babcock Australia to act as the engineering design authority", said Reynolds, pointing out that this includes training, maintenance and managing the supply chain, creating around 170 new jobs for the build and sustainment of this system.
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