C4iSR: Maritime

Naval Group, Airspeed to collaborate on mast proposal for Australia’s Attack class

18 December 2019

French shipbuilder Naval Group and South Australian composite manufacturer Airspeed have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to offer masts for Attack-class submarines.

The MOU was signed in response to a design competition launched by Lockheed Martin Australia, which was awarded the combat system contract for the Attack-class submarines in 2018.

“Naval Group has developed a solution that will meet all operational requirements of the Royal Australian Navy,” said François Romanet, the CEO of Naval Group Pacific. “Airspeed has impressive capabilities when it comes to composites manufacturing.

“If successful in the competition, we have decided to start working together as soon as the design phase to ensure these masts will be produced and maintained in South Australia,” he added.

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