Defence announces first Attack Class Submarine subcontract

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Defence Minister Christopher Pyne has announced the signing of the first major equipment subcontract for the Future Submarine Program.

In a media statement released on Sunday, Mr Pyne said Naval Group and diesel engines  manufacturer MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH (MTU) have been contracted to design the Diesel Generator Rectifier (DGR) for the Attack class submarine to turn mechanised energy into electricity.

“I am very happy to announce that after a robust procurement process, MTU has been selected as the first major equipment subcontractor for the Attack class submarine,” Minister Pyne said.

“MTU has committed to establishing the necessary industrial capability in Australia, to deliver and support the DGR – a key element of achieving the sovereign build – operation and sustainment of the Attack class submarine.”

Minister for Defence Industry, Linda Reynolds, said while the contract is directly with MTU, the company would leverage its existing strategic partnership with Penske Power Systems Australia.

“MTU will work with Penske during the design phase and will then grow Penske’s capacity in Australia. Importantly, this will transfer the technology and knowledge associated with this capability to Australia,” Minister Reynolds said.

“The DGR subcontract is part of the Government’s investment in the Attack class submarine, part of the creation of a sovereign naval shipbuilding enterprise and the Government’s continuous naval shipbuilding capability.”

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