DCNS and Quickstep sign MOU for Australia’s future submarines collaboration

French shipbuilder DCNS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Australian manufacturer of advanced composite technologies Quickstep as a first step for cooperation in the field of components and assemblies for Australia’s Future submarines.

The MoU was signed in Canberra by Marie-Pierre de Bailliencourt, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, DCNS Group, and David Marino, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Quickstep Holdings Limited.

Through this MoU, Quickstep will produce representative demonstrator components to validate their technology for naval applications with DCNS.

“DCNS has commenced building a supply chain in Australia that will support the submarine capability on a sustainable basis,” said Sean Costello, CEO DCNS Australia.

“Ultimately this supply chain will comprise several hundred companies across Australia and form the Future Submarine Enterprise.”

DCNS has been selected as the Australian government’s preferred international partner for the design of 12 Future Submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.