APDR May 2020: Swedish expertise available for Collins Life-Of-Type Extension

The close connection between the navies of Sweden and Australia goes back to the mid-1980s when the evaluation of offers for what became the Collins class entered its penultimate phase. The Swedish company Kockums – then partially owned by the Government – was selected in May 1985 as one of two finalists, along with HDW of Germany. The Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) played a crucial role in helping Kockums win the contract, not only by supplying a huge amount of classified data about performance characteristics but also by showing a willingness to engage with their Australian counterparts in an open and constructive way.

The submarine contract was awarded in 1987 and this was followed only two years later by another Swedish company Celsiustech – now Saab Australia – being selected…

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