Australian ship and submarine builder ASC announced on 7 November that it had signed an agreement to support Saab's development of the A26 submarine programme.
According to ASC, the company will be delivering specialist design and engineering services to Saab as it develops the submarine, as well as ongoing services to other Saab programmes once the work is completed.
Saab is currently building two A26 submarines for the Royal Swedish Navy.
ASC Chief Executive Stuart Whiley said that the engagement "recognises ASC's long-standing relationship with Saab on the Collins-class submarine", adding that the programme would "strengthen ASC's capability to deliver submarine engineering and design services in coming years to be able to support Australia's growing submarine sector".
Saab's shipbuilding and submarine division, Kockums, worked with ASC in the 1980s and 1990s to develop and build the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) Collins-class submarines, which were built between 1990 and 2003.
ASC has since been heavily involved in the maintenance and through-life support of the RAN's submarines. The boats are to be in service until the 2030s, when the first of the new submarines procured through the Australian government's Sea 1000 Future Submarine programme is expected to come online.
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