The big questions

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A slew of maritime announcements hit the streets as this edition of ADM was going to press; where, what, who, how and why questions are beginning to be answered. The Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) with Naval Group for the Attack class submarine was amended to enshrine a minimum 60 per cent AIC in the acquisition and build phases, not just sustainment (which tends to be AIC heavy anyway).

A down select to five teams for Navy’s uncrewed capability under Sea 129 Phase 5 was released with BAE Systems Australia, Insitu Pacific, Northrop Grumman Australia, Raytheon Australia, and Textron Systems Australia shortlisted for Block One. And the ABC broke the news that the Navy’s six new Evolved Cape class ships (announced during the height of COVID last year) are set to be delayed by up to four months thanks to poor quality aluminium found during spot checks of shipments.

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