Techport Australia - Australia’s premier naval industry hub, is home to some of Australia’s largest and most complex naval projects.
Collins Class Submarines
Between 1987 and 2003, ASC designed and built the Royal Australian Navy’s current fleet of Collins Class submarines. In 2003, ASC signed a multi-billion dollar, 25-year through-life-support contract for these submarines. A team of around 900 people now work on the maintenance and enhancement of the submarines. This will continue until the end of the fleet’s operational life.
Air Warfare Destroyers
ASC is also the shipbuilder for the $8 billion next generation Air Warfare Destroyers. In its new $120 million shipyard at Techport Australia, ASC will fabricate, assemble, test and develop a through-life-support system for the Hobart Class AWDs. The three vessels, to be introduced into service from 2014, will provide a major leap in the Navy’s air warfare capabilities.
The shipbuilding project will have a transformational impact on the South Australian economy. Construction of the three AWDs will provide enormous opportunities for Australia’s shipbuilding industry and create important flow-on benefits for subcontractors throughout the country.
Techport Australia will also be home to the massive assembly task for Australia’s 12 next generation submarines. The Future Submarine will provide the Australian Defence Force with a potent submarine capability beyond the planned withdrawal date of the Collins Class submarine.
This major design and construction program will span three decades, making it Australia’s largest-ever defence project. Construction is anticipated to commence during 2016.