Navantia Australia and CIMIC Group’s UGL are partnering to jointly bid for the Australian Army’s LCM-8 replacement project, LAND 8710-1 Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel Medium (LMV-M).
UGL is a major Australian manufacturing and services company with 6,700 employees across the country and significant experience in complex project delivery.
Navantia Australia, a premier Australian project-based company, is celebrating its tenth year of providing sovereign engineering, design, sustainment, and supply chain services to the Australian Defence sector this year.
It originally announced its intention to bid for the replacement Landing Craft at the Land Forces Exhibition in June 2021, exhibiting a range of Kodal landing craft variants designed entirely in Australia. Kodal is a Torres Strait Islander term that means “crocodile,” referring to the craft’s amphibious capabilities.
Commenting on the partnership between the two companies, UGL Managing Director, Doug Moss, said:
“I’m pleased that UGL has teamed with Navantia Australia to bring our substantial Australian heavy manufacturing expertise and genuine Australian sovereign capability to enhance the Australian naval shipbuilding capability.”
Navantia Australia Managing Director, Israel Lozano, said the partnership offers the leading Australian LMV-M solution in terms of outstanding Australian industry capability, including an Australian sovereign design, Australian construction, and an Australian supply chain.
“The partnership between Navantia Australia and UGL offers combined experience in collaborating with both Navy and Army, to deliver superior results,” he concluded.
“Together we offer Defence a highly compliant design, cost-effective delivery, surety of supply, contribution to the Naval Shipbuilding Plan and maximum Australian content.”