Swedish defense contractor Saab has into an agreement with Australian submarine specialist ASC for the provision of a range of services which include engineering services for the A26 submarine program.
Saab is building two A26 submarines for the Royal Swedish Navy and is offering three export variants of the A26 design on the international market.
ASC and Saab will launch a pilot program that sees ASC’s submarine designers delivering specialist detailed design services in Adelaide for Saab’s A26 program.
Upon successful completion, ASC will provide ongoing services to Saab across various projects.
“The Saab-ASC engagement recognises ASC’s long-standing relationship with Saab on the Collins-class submarine,” ASC chief executive Stuart Whiley said. “It also recognizes ASC’s up-to-date design-to-build capability first developed in the Collins project in partnership with Kockums in the 1980s and 1990s.”
“We are pleased to engage ASC in the Saab supply chain,” managing director of Saab Australia, Andy Keough, said.
“This work will strengthen ASC’s capability to deliver submarine engineering and design services in coming years to be able to support Australia’s growing submarine sector,” Whiley concluded.