Tenders are being sought from Australian industry for an 'innovative' sustainment model for the RAN’s new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), the Arafura class.
Construction is underway on two of the twelve OPVs. The Capability Life Cycle Manager will provide specialist asset management services to support and sustain the Arafura class. An Industry Briefing will be held in Perth on 16 March 2020 about the Capability Life Cycle Management services model.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the Request for Tender was the first part of a tailored sustainment plan.
“This will be a modern, innovative and highly skilled sustainment plan to deliver a complex naval capability which is reliable, fit-for-purpose, and represents a new generation of naval operations,” Minister Price said.
“Establishing a skilled Australian industrial base with the capacity and skills to maintain our new fleet is key to building and maintaining a sovereign capability.
“Australia’s regional small businesses will play a key role in delivering sovereign maritime sustainment to support the program.”
Submissions for the Request for Tender will close on 24 April. Further information is available on Austender.