Our long and proud history of supporting the Collins-class submarine periscope systems began in 1988 with an eleven-year manufacturing and build program for the Collins-class attack and search periscope systems. BAE Systems have delivered several upgrades, the most significant being the mid-life digitisation upgrade that was introduced into service in 2016.
BAE Systems has been providing in-service support for Collins-class submarine periscope systems since the first submarine, HMAS Collins, was commissioned in July 1996, with the most recent periscope support contract commencing in July 2015.
BAE Systems Australia operates two dedicated, purpose-built periscope workshop facilities. One is located in Western Australia and the other is our owned-and-operated facility in South Australia. Assembly, Integration and Test of the original Periscope systems were conducted at our South Australian facility.
BAE Systems' core strengths
For more than 30 years, BAE Systems Australia has manufactured, sustained and upgraded capability of the Collins-class submarines. During the build phase of the periscope, BAE Systems Australia used our local manufacture of optics, electronics, cables and mechanical parts, in collaboration with an initial supply chain, to achieve up to 80% Australian industry content.
The knowledge from the in-service support contract (ISSC) has allowed BAE Systems Australia to develop a local and global supply chain network, delivering sovereign capability to support Royal Australian Navy excellence in defending Australia and its national interests.
What we do
Our periscope in-service support is delivered through a multitude of services, including:
- Program and subcontractor management
- Maintenance management and planning
- Inventory Management
- Integrated logistics support
- Asset management
- Continuous supportability assessment, tracking, repair and modifications
BAE Systems Australia provides full recertification of each periscope system every 7 years.
BAE Systems provides on-board support to submarines locally to the Royal Australian Navy and ASC in both South Australia and Western Australia. Additionally, BAE Systems supports the Collins-class submarine periscope systems interstate and overseas on an as-required basis in order to maintain Royal Australian Navy capability.
BAE Systems designed and built a dedicated periscope training system for end user familiarisation and training on periscope systems, and continues to explore future training capabilities with new technologies, including virtual reality.
Ready for the next generation
BAE Systems Australia is a committed sovereign capability partner to the Submarine Enterprise, bringing experience across maritime programs, submarine systems and a vast supply chain to assist in building a stronger, more resilient fleet. BAE Systems Australia is ready to support the Collins-class Life of Type Extension and the Attack Class Future Submarines Program.