The Australian multi-billion-dollar Offshore Patrol Vessel project is expected to create around 400 direct jobs, Christopher Pyne, Minister for Defence Industry said.
The MoD has released the Request for Tender (RFT) for the OPV project to the three shortlisted designers, Damen, Fassmer and Luerssen. They are expected to team up with Australian shipbuilders.
“We want to ensure the tenderers’ responses maximise Australian industry opportunities through a local build using Australian made steel,” said Pyne.
“The Request for Tender will require each tenderer to develop an Australian Industry Capability Plan that maximises the opportunities for Australian industry participation.
“This includes how they will transition their existing supply chains to Australian supply chains and how they will integrate local suppliers in their global supply chains.
The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne said the project is on track with construction starting in Adelaide in 2018 before moving to Western Australia in 2020.
“The 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels will enhance our border protection and patrol missions by providing greater reach and endurance than the existing Armidale class patrol boat fleet,” Payne said.
“These Australian-built vessels will form an important part of the Government’s investment to strengthen our maritime surveillance systems.”
“Safeguarding Australia’s maritime approaches, offshore territories and borders is essential for Australia’s national security.”
Pyne said this is part of the Government’s $89 billion investment in naval ships and submarines over the next 20 years which will see Australia develop a strong and sustainable naval shipbuilding industry.
“This critical investment will generate significant economic growth and sustain several thousand Australian jobs over decades.”