Attack Class Submarines

Osborne Naval Shipyard is the confirmed build location for the Attack class submarine program. The largest Defence procurement in the nation’s history, the program is an investment of more than $50 billion in Australia’s security.

An undertaking of national firsts in size, scale, complexity and duration, the program will define the future of advanced manufacturing in Australia.

The Australian Government have committed to build 12 submarines as part of a rolling acquisition program, with all 12 to be built in Adelaide.

The Government announced in April 2016 that France’s Naval Group are the preferred international partner for the submarine design, edging out bids from Germany and Japan through a competitive evaluation process. The first submarine is planned to commence construction in 2023 and are likely to begin entering service in the early 2030s.

The project will create significant opportunities for Australian industry throughout the design development, build, integration and sustainment phases. It will also create thousands of jobs for decades to come.

The project will transform South Australia’s economy and drive innovation across a range of sectors.

Key project infrastructure is also being targeted by the state, including the Future Submarine Design Centre and Combat System Design Integration and Test Facility. A Future Submarine Technical Office based in Adelaide is already working on the project, drawing in expertise from around the world.

The program will require collaboration across all levels of government, industry and academia, and is expected to create major opportunities for Australian industry.

For further information please direct all enquiries to David Eyre, Director Maritime, Defence SA. Tel: +61 8 8463 7161 or