Report - Part 2

Future of Australia's naval shipbuilding industry Future submarines

17 November 2014

© Commonwealth of Australia 2014
ISBN 978-1-76010-070-4

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Senate Economics References Committee (PDF 12KB)
Acronyms and abbreviations (PDF 7KB)
Executive Summary (PDF 69KB)

The need for a competitive tender
Avoiding a capability gap
Australia can build our future submarine fleet
Rule out the MOTS option
A number of people with a great depth of knowledge and experience of submarines and their technologies have given evidence to the committee that there are no military-off-the-shelf submarines that meet Australia's needs.
A national endeavour requires nation-wide support

Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 155KB)

Conduct of inquiry

Chapter 2 - Tender process (PDF 125KB)

Speculation regarding limited tender
Competitive process
Committee view

Chapter 3 - Competitive tender does not mean a capability gap (PDF 84KB)


Chapter 4 - Build in Australia (PDF 154KB)

Expertise and skills in Australia
Capability and capacity
Economic advantages
Through-life sustainment and upgrades
Submarines and national security

Chapter 5 - Australia’s new submarine cannot be a MOTS (PDF 448KB)

Shortcomings with overseas purchases
Engagement with Japan
The Soryu submarine
Evolved Soryu
Comparing capabilities
Extent of modifications

Chapter 6 (PDF 514KB)

Determining requirements
Critical importance of right decision
Special requirements
Potential suppliers

Dissenting Report by Government Senators (PDF 101KB)
Additional Comments by Senator Nick Xenophon (PDF 140KB)
APPENDIX 1 - Submissions received to date (PDF 24KB)
APPENDIX 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 45KB)
Appendix 3 - Background to SEA 1000 Phase 1A—deliver Australia's future submarine capability (PDF 265KB)

White Paper—2009
Defence Capability Plan
Defence White Paper 2013
Election and new government
New or evolved design
Speculation about Japanese submarine

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Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

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