On 11 February, Naval Group (ex-DCNS) sealed the deal to build the Royal Australian Navy’s next-generation submarines by signing a Strategic Partnering Agreement in Canberra with the Commonwealth of Australia. When the initial design contract was announced in April 2016, it was quickly dubbed ‘the contract of the century’.
The agreement, which will govern relations between the parties for the duration of the Future Submarine program, was signed in the presence of prime minister Scott Morrison, minister for defence Christopher Pyne, and Florence Parly, the French minister for the armed forces.
“The signing marks the completion of 18 months of negotiations and the start of a commitment to work together over the next 50 years. Multiple firsts are noteworthy. This is the biggest contract ever signed by the Commonwealth of Australia by overall budget and the biggest defence contract ever awarded to a European contractor,” says Jean-Michel Billig, executive vice president of the Future Submarine program and a member of Naval Group’s executive board.
Officials at signing (© Naval Group)
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