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Future Submarine Program

Future Submarine Program

Program/Pursuit Overview

Australia’s Future Submarine Program will be the largest defence capital investment program in Australia’s history and is a truly National endeavour.  Design of the Future Submarine has already commenced, with construction due to begin in 2022-23 timeframe with the first Future Submarine likely to enter service in the early 2030’s.  In 2016, Lockheed Martin was announced as the combat system integrator for the Future Submarine Program, collaborating with the Australian Department of Defence and Naval Group to design a combat system, maximising the involvement of Australian industry and using a local workforce. 

Industry Focus

All 12 Future Submarines will be built in Adelaide with an Australian workforce which is why industry involvement is so vital to the construction and sustainment of the future submarine fleet.  In 2016/17 we joined with the Department of Defence and Naval Group to host industry briefings across the country, and to date we have reached more than 850 companies, detailing the opportunities related to the program and how industry can become involved.  These events have been supplemented by targeted Combat System specific briefs to over 148 companies highlighting the industrial capability requirements and proposed timing of opportunities for the Program.

If you are interested in working with Lockheed Martin Australia on new and emerging opportunities, please register on our industry portal: http://

Industry Focus

Industry Spotlight

Based in Adelaide, Saab Australia is a Defence, Security and Traffic Management solutions provider specialising in computer-based command and control systems. Employing over 400 Australians, the company is one of the country’s most respected defence and security system integrators and has a large number of highly experienced combat system engineers.  

For over thirty years, Saab Australia has developed and integrated technology for the Royal Australian Navy and was a logical choice for Lockheed Martin to provide combat system integration services in support of the Future Submarine Program combat system. This further enhances Lockheed Martin’s maximisation of an Australian workforce and establishment of a sovereign submarine support capability.  

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Employee Spotlight

Jack Holman

Jack Holman

Jack’s Honours project at university was to automate a small unmanned submarine, so when the opportunity to work on Australia’s Future Submarine fleet came up, he jumped at the opportunity.  Jack is a Hardware Engineer Associate working in a team that is laying the groundwork for the development of Australia’s Future Submarine fleet. Jack joined the team this year after graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronic) (Honours) and a Bachelor of Math and Computer Science (Computer Science).

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