Consulting firms working on the new Attack-class submarines

February 20, 2020 – More than 130 companies have been selected to work on Australia’s Attack Class Submarine Programme, including over 25 leading consulting firms. The programme is a joint venture between Australia’s Department of Defence and French Defence Contractor Naval Group.

Australia is looking to replace its existing fleet of Collins-class vessels with a new fleet of 12 Attack-Class Submarines, modeled on the Naval Group’s Shortfin Barracuda model currently being designed for the French Navy. Plans for the transition from Collins class to Attack-Class were initiated in 2007, and the design was finalised by 2016.

Although construction of the vessels was initially due to begin between 2022 and 2023, officials at the Royal Australian Navy report that construction is now likely to begin in 2024, while the first vessel will enter formal service some time in the 2030s. The rest of the fleet will continue to be constructed through the 2040s and 2050s.

Addressing the Senate Estimates Committee in December Last year, submarine programme head of the Royal Australian Navy Rear Admiral Greg Sammut revealed that the construction costs for the vessels will be $80 billion, while estimated service costs running up till 2080 will amount to $145 billion.

As the project enters an actionable phase, concerns have been expressed around the contracting of a French company to build the vessels, amid fears that the significant programme would not benefit the domestic economy.

Addressing these concerns, a joint statement released by the Department of Defence and Naval Group stated: “Sovereign control over the Attack Class Submarine fleet and maximising Australian industry involvement throughout all phases of the Attack Class Submarine Program are contracted objectives in the Strategic Partnering Agreement between Defence and Naval Group. Defence remains focused on these objectives and Naval Group is committed to their achievement.”

A total of over 130 companies, organisations and start-ups including consulting firms have brought on board the programme to support various parts of the project, spanning areas such as strategy, planning, operations, technical build, maintenance & operations, taxation, staffing and information technology.

Consulting firms working on the Attack-class submarines:
Acuity Partners
AMOG
Arthur J Gallagher
BDO
Coffey Services
Cushman & Wakefield
Cylad Consulting
Darren Williams Consulting
DXC Technology
Environment Essentials
EY
Harrison McMillan
Hewitt Associates
Isentia
Korn Ferry
KPMG
Lucid Consulting Engineers
Michelle-Lyon-Green Consulting
Piper Alderman
PwC
Risk Solutions Australia
SAI Global
Turner & Townsend

Other companies supporting the Attack-class submarines development:
3D at Depth
5G Networks
Acacia Research
Aconex
Adelaide Inspection Services
Affinity Constructions Australia
Airspeed
Alexander Symonds
Allens
Alliance Francaise D’Adelaide
AMC Search
Anittel
Approval Specialists
ASC
Atlassian
Australian Executor Trustees
Australian Industry Group
Australian Naval Infrastructure
Bisa Hotels t/as East Canberra
Bisalloy Steels
Bluescope Steel
BlueZone Group
Bollore Logistics Australia
Bullhorn
Carlson Wagonlit Travel
CIC Technology
CMW BVA Valves
Comm Spec
Computers Now
Cope Sensitive Freight
Copyright Agency
Corporate Health Group
Curtin University
Datacom Data Centres
Datacom Systems
Diligent Board Services Australia
DOMA Hotels: Burbury, Brassey, Little National
elmTEK
Equifax Australasia Credit Ratings
Esker Australia
Eye Candy Animation
Finlaysons
Flinders University
Global Integration Technology
Grace Worldwide
Hawkesbury Nominees
Haynes Signs
HP
Hindmarsh Square Hospitality
Hitachi Data Systems
HRL Technology Group
Hudson Global Resources
IDS Australia
Indigenous Defence and Infrastructure Consortium
Innovations for Humanity
Insight Enterprises Australia
IPACS Australia
Iron Mountain Australia Group
Issartel – H.I. Fraser
JLB Yaran
Kinetic Defence Services
L3 Oceania
Landstock Management
LeasePlan
Leverage Technologies
LNG Recruitment Group
Mediaform Computer Supplies
Metromatics
MFB Products
MK Symes
North Projects
Novotel Barossa Valley Resort
Overall Forge
Paw Imprint
Peoplebank
Phasor
Powerflo Solutions
Program Planning Professionals
Randstad
Revelian
Reward Recruitment
Robert Walters
Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA
Saab
Safran Defense & Electronics
Samarad trading as Mantra Group
Security & Technology Services
SEEK
Sentient Visions Systems
Seyfarth Shaw Australia
Shape Australia
Squad Australia CS
Swell Design Group
T&V Hughes
Tafe
Telstra
Thales
The University of Adelaide
The University of Newcastle
Thomas Global Systems
Toga Hotel Management
TriCab Australia
University of Adelaide
University of Melbourne
University of South Australia
Vocus
WGASA
Willunga 7 Solutions
Wilson Security
Wridgways Australia
Yellow Corporation

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