Schneider Electric has entered into an agreement with Australia’s sovereign sub-marine company, ASC, to support Collins Class submarine sustainment and plan for Australia’s Future Submarine programme. Schneider Electric is an established supplier to ASC of major power switching and circuit breaker equipment for Australia’s fleet of six Collins Class submarines.
The collaboration will help boost Australian industry’s capability to deliver effective long-term support to the Collins Class as well as support for the Future Submarine Programme, expected to deliver the first Attack Class submarine in the mid-2030s.
ASC Chief Executive Officer Stuart Whiley said the collaboration would improve obsolescence management of key electrical equipment for the Collins Class, to remain in service into the 2030s, as well as explore opportunities for innovation and growth in support of future programs.
“Schneider Electric in Australia is a trusted and reliable partner for ASC and the Collins Class program. This collaboration will lead to a closer relationship and better under-standing so that we can meet the expected obsolescence management demands of coming years on the Collins Class plat-form,” said Whiley.
As part of the collaboration, graduate engineers from Schneider Electric and ASC will spend time working in each company’s submarine-related operations, to foster understanding in support of submarine work in Australia and to further drive collaboration between the two organisations.
Schneider Electric Graduate Engineer Nicole recently started at ASC’s deep maintenance operations at the Osborne Naval Shipyard precinct in Adelaide.
“At Schneider Electric, we’re encouraged to learn every day, and put our customers at the centre of our world. This experience gives me the opportunity to do both at once,” said Nicole Tang, Schneider Electric Graduate Engineer, currently working within the ASC team.
The companies said the collaboration was aimed at achieving a future strategic support agreement between the two companies, strengthening long term planning and support of Collins Class sustainment and leveraging their expertise in support of allied segments, industries and future programs.
“It is through collaborations like this one, with Schneider Electric, that ASC will grow Australian industry’s capacity to meet our sovereign submarine requirements in coming decades, across both Collins Class and Future Submarines,” said Whiley.
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