BAE Systems Australia to continue periscope systems support for Navy

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BAE Systems Australia recently secured a $45 million, three-year extension to its Royal Australian Navy (RAN) contract to provide in-service periscope support for Collins Class submarines. 

As part of the extension, BAE Systems will continue to deliver maintenance and logistics services, engineering, and supply and program management of 16 periscope systems at BAE Systems’ Mawson Lakes facility in South Australia and HMAS Stirling in Western Australia. 

Each submarine is equipped with an Attack and Search periscope, which is overhauled every seven years in order to ensure materiel readiness and continuing structural integrity. 

Under the contract, BAE Systems has established a local and global supply chain network to boost RAN’s submarine force. 

It has also manufactured, sustained, and enhanced the periscope systems for the Collins fleet for the life of its service to RAN

The company leveraged local manufacture of optics, electronics, cables, and mechanical parts and tapped into an initial supply chain to ensure that the project uses the highest possible levels of Australian industry content. 

“BAE Systems is a long-term sovereign capability partner with a 30-year pedigree in the manufacture and build, sustainment and upgrade of Collins Class submarine periscope systems for the Royal Australian Navy,” said Andrew Gresham, managing director for defence delivery at BAE Systems Australia. 

“This contract award is testament to our organisation’s long-standing experience in delivering periscope systems here in Australia and our network of Australian industry partners delivering into the sustainment program,” Gresham added.