New OPV sustainment model sought in Request for Tender

New vessels, new approach to sustainment

Tenders are being sought from Australian industry for an innovative sustainment model for the Royal Australian Navy’s new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV), the Arafura class.

The Capability Life Cycle Manager will provide specialist asset management services to support and sustain the Arafura class.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, said in a news release that the Request for Tender was the first part of a tailored sustainment plan.

“This will be a modern, innovative and highly skilled sustainment plan to deliver a complex naval capability which is reliable, fit-for-purpose, and represents a new generation of naval operations,” Minister Price said.

“Establishing a skilled Australian industrial base with the capacity and skills to maintain our new fleet is key to building and maintaining a sovereign capability.

“Australia’s regional small businesses will play a key role in delivering sovereign maritime sustainment to support the program.”

Construction is well underway on two of the twelve Arafura class OPVs which are a key part of the Morrison Government’s $90 billion continuous Naval Shipbuilding Program. 

An Industry Briefing will be held in Perth on 16 March 2020 about the Capability Life Cycle Management services model.

Submissions for the Request for Tender will close on 24 April. Further information is available on Austender.


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Kym Bergmann
Kym Bergmann is the editor for Asia Pacific Defence Reporter (APDR) and Defence Review Asia (DRA). He has more than 25 years of experience in journalism and the defence industry. After graduating with honours from the Australian National University, he joined Capital 7 television, holding several positions including foreign news editor and chief political correspondent. During that time he also wrote for Business Review Weekly, undertaking analysis of various defence matters.After two years on the staff of a federal minister, he moved to the defence industry and held senior positions in several companies, including Blohm+Voss, Thales, Celsius and Saab. In 1997 he was one of two Australians selected for the Thomson CSF 'Preparation for Senior Management' MBA course. He has also worked as a consultant for a number of companies including Raytheon, Tenix and others. He has served on the boards of Thomson Sintra Pacific and Saab Pacific.



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