Luerssen Australia, the prime contractor for the design and build of 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels for the RAN, has awarded a subcontract to L3 Communications Australia.
While opening L3’s new Defence Design and Engineering Centre in Victoria, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said the contract with L3 would provide the communications throughout the ships, including monitoring systems for the engines and navigation system for all 12 OPVs.
“This contract will see 28 jobs created in Australia while allowing L3 to package a range of their maritime solutions together, providing further growth and opportunities for local Australian companies,” Minister Pyne said. “L3 Technologies has a long history of working with the ADF to deliver a range of capabilities, and have made vital contributions to our Collins Class Submarines and Canberra Class Amphibious Assault Ships."
“L3 have been expanding in Australia, growing by 30% since mid-2017. Their brand new expanded Defence Design and Engineering Centre will enable this relationship to continue and grow, collaborating and innovating with local universities and SMEs, and I congratulate them on the opening today.”
Lurssen Australia is under contract for the design and build of 12 OPVs.
The project, which in total is worth around $3.6 billion, will create approximately 1000 jobs - 400 direct and a further 600 in the supply chain.
Construction will commence on the first ship at Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia before the end of 2018.