The Australian Government has selected DCNS as its preferred international partner for the design of attack submarines for the Royal Australian Navy. As part of the country’s SEA 1000 project, the Australian authorities are planning to procure a total of twelve Barracuda Block 1A submarines to progressively replace the Collins-class ships. The future submarines will be eventually equipped with combat management system and attack missiles of U.S. origin.
The announcement on DCNS selection was made by the Australian Prime Minister the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon. Christopher Pyne and The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett.
Subject to discussions on commercial matters, the design of the future Australian submarine with DCNS will begin this year.