ASC and Penske engine test to bolster research and development capability

Australia’s sovereign submarine company, ASC, and Penske Power Systems have announced their intention to enter into an agreement to put MTU engines through their paces at ASC’s engine test facilities in Adelaide as part of an ongoing research and development activity.

ASC Interim Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Whiley, said having ASC commissioned to conduct independent testing of submarine diesels would ultimately benefit the nation’s sovereign submarine capability.

“As Australia’s leading sovereign capability on submarine platforms, associated equipment, systems and suppliers, it is important for ASC to establish and grow collaborative partnerships with other industry-leading organisations,” Mr Whiley said, speaking at the Pacific 2017 maritime industry exhibition in Sydney.

“By conducting independent tests on behalf of Penske, ASC engineers will have unique opportunity to strengthen their knowledge about diesel engines operating against submarine specific requirements, and draw on their knowledge about the challenges of the Australian context.”

Penske National Manager, Defence Programmes Group, Mr Roger Gleeson, said the organisation worked closely with the defence sector to provide customised propulsion and power generation solutions, along with life of type logistic support for defence combatants.

“We are excited at this collaborative opportunity to bolster research and capability development by working with ASC to independently test our diesel engines,” Mr Gleeson said.

“ASC has an enviable reputation for achieving better-than-benchmark performance in its core Collins Class submarine maintenance operations, and we appreciate the opportunity to access the unique expertise and experience of ASC’s highly-skilled workforce and testing facilities,” he said.


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