Naval group has awarded PMB Defence based in Australia's Adelaide city and Greek firm Sunlight contracts to provide design, prototyping and qualification activities Main Storage Batteries which act as a power source for engines and other equipment on-board Australia's new Attack Class submarines.
"PMB Defence, based in Adelaide and Sunlight, based in Greece have been contracted to provide design, prototyping and qualification activities for the Main Storage Batteries. Contracts for the design of the Main Storage Batteries Stages 1 and 2 for the Attack Class submarines have been awarded," Naval Group said in a statement.
Both organisations will provide Naval Group with the data necessary to select one as the preferred MSB design for the Attack Class program in 2022.
The Main Storage Batteries are responsible for supplying power to the propulsion system of the submarine and to other equipment on-board the ship. They directly impact the safety of the submarine when diving, making them a critical piece of equipment for the platform.
PMB has previously supplied MSBs for the Collins Class and more recently have been contracted to design the UK’s next generation submarine battery.
John Davis, CEO, Naval Group Australia said: “The supply contract will be awarded to the organisation that provides a technically superior design, represents the best value for money and demonstrates a strong commitment to the program’s Australian Industry Capability requirements. Naval Group will continue to work with both parties in a range of areas moving forwards to ensure best program outcomes and the maximisation of the involvement of Australian industry in all phases on the contract.”