The Program

The Future Submarine program will deliver an affordable, regionally dominant, conventional submarine capability, sustainable into the foreseeable future.

Submarines are the most complex, sensitive and expensive Defence capability acquisition Government can make.

They are of strategic importance to Australia and a critical element in the nation’s maritime security planning, with Australia’s national security and $1.6 trillion economy depend on secure sea lanes. As such, Australia needs the best possible submarine to protect our trade and support our maritime security.

The Future Submarine Program (SEA1000) will deliver for Australia an affordable, regionally superior, conventional submarine capability, sustainable into the foreseeable future.

It will be the largest Defence procurement program in Australia’s history and represents an investment in the order of $50 billion in Australia’s security.

It will also be a capability design, construction and sustainment challenge of unprecedented scale and complexity, and will span decades

The acquisition of 12 Future Submarines, announced in the 2016 Defence White Paper has commenced with the first submarines likely to begin entering service in the early 2030s. Construction of the 12 new submarines will extend into the late 2040s to 2050 timeframe.