Australia introduces ‘tailor-made’ sustainment model for new OPVs

02 March 2020

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has issued a tender to procure sustainment services for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) new Arafura-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

The DoD said on 28 February that the model used to sustain the OPVs would be “innovative” and tailored to meet the requirements of the OPVs, the first two of which are being constructed by national shipbuilder ASC in South Australia. Australia’s Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the new tender was the “first part of a tailored sustainment plan” for the OPVs.

The request for tender – published by the Australian government’s tender service on 28 February – outlines the procurement of “Capability Life Cycle Manager” (CLCM) services to support and sustain the Arafura-class OPVs.

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