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Government of South Australia - Department of State Development


    New deal to get SA suppliers AUKUS-ready

    A new partnership between the South Australian Government and the United States’ largest shipbuilder will help local companies contribute to current and future submarine construction projects.

    HII’s Supplier Capability Uplift Program will enable selected SA suppliers to enter the global supply chain for the construction of nuclear-powered, conventionally armed submarines.

    As part of the program, HII will undertake reviews of South Australian companies that provide design and engineering, equipment integration, advanced manufacturing, welding, fabrication, and quality services.

    Given the highly specialised and technical nature of the work to build Virginia Class submarines, participating companies will be evaluated using the same requirements applied to HII's existing US suppliers.

    On completion of the review process, participating companies will receive a tailored report outlining recommendations for capability development and improvement activities required to compete for work on the Virginia Class Submarine Program.

    Participating SA businesses will then be able to apply for matched State Government funding to address the recommendations in their review report.

    Information gathered through the program will further support the SA Government’s industry development activities, which aim to enable more South Australian companies to compete for work in international supply chains.

    The goal of this program is to best position these South Australian companies to be part of the supply chain for the AUKUS nuclear-powered submarines to be built at Osborne in Adelaide.

    South Australia’s participation in the Supplier Capability Uplift Program is an early outcome of the Memorandum of Understanding between HII and the South Australian Government, signed in November last year.

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