PMB signs deal to design batteries for defence submarines

Australian supplier PMB Defence and Greek enterprise Systems Sunlight
S.A. have signed subcontracts to design the main storage batteries for
the Attack class submarines.

The batteries will power twelve
regional submarines, which will be designed and built in Australia for
the Australian Navy under the Federal Government’s $50 billion Attack
class program.

Defence minister Linda Reynolds said the design of
the batteries are “critical” to the overall design of the submarine and
serve as the watercraft’s main power source.

“The selection of
these two companies to develop designs of this subsystem is another
significant milestone in the design and delivery of the Attack class
submarine program,” she said.

“A competitive process will ensure
the final designer selected will deliver the very best battery
technology to meet the key performance requirements of the Attack class
submarine.”

The Department of Defence has engaged PMB to explore a
new battery technology that could offer “significantly improved
performance” and potentially replace lead-acid batteries over the life
of the Attack class submarine.

Defence industry minister Melissa
Price said the program provided “significant opportunities” for the
Australian defence industry.

“This commitment will provide
enormous opportunities for more local companies to be part this
world-class advanced manufacturing project,” she said.

PMB, a
supplier of energy and specialised engineering solutions for submarine
platforms based in Adelaide, is currently contracted to the Department
of Defence for the supply and sustainment of batteries of the Collins
class submarine fleet at their facility in Osborne.

Further
contracts to manufacture batteries in Australia for the Attack fleet
will be rewarded following a selection process for the design.

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