Contract milestone reached in subs project

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Contracts worth more than $10 million have been issued to more than 100 Australian companies to supply and test components for possible use in the nation's new fleet of Attack Class submarines.

Naval Group Australia says the range of "common technology" items include steels and alloys, insulation, pipes, hoses, sockets, valves and switches which will all be subject to a rigorous testing and qualification process to ensure they meet necessary standards.

General Manager of Industry Capability Development Stuart Lindley said the opportunities for Australian suppliers with the Attack Class project were significant and growing.

"A contemporary and advanced submarine of the quality required by the Royal Australian Navy is an extremely complex machine, with around one million parts and components," Mr Lindley said.

"There will be very significant levels of common technology included in the Attack Class submarines that are sent to sea.

"This represents a huge opportunity for Australian industry to supply components, as we continue to grow the sovereign supply chains."

Naval Group Australia will also to local companies for the delivery of 23 more complex items of submarine machinery worth $900 million.

This will involve the transfer of skills from France to Australia to assist local industry make the new items for the first time.

Naval Group Australia is building 12 new submarines in Adelaide at a cost of about $50 billion.

The first of the new vessels is expected to enter service in the 2030s.

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