Defence industry are invited to provide a response to a Request for Information in relation to Project SEA 5012 Phase 1 – Integrated Undersea Surveillance Systems.

Background

As part of the Force Structure Plan 2020, the Government intends to invest in the Royal Australian Navy’s next generation of undersea surveillance. As this capability advances over the next few decades, it will contribute to Australia’s maritime awareness and protection of sea lines of communication. This will be done through the delivery of enhanced command and control of current Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) assets, the introduction into service of dedicated ocean surveillance platforms and sensors and development of innovative and emerging technologies to maintain a capability edge.

Request for Information

Project SEA 5012 Phase 1 aims to conduct risk reduction activities to validate assumptions and inform Defence planning. Without limitation, the objectives of this RFI process are to:

1. Provide Defence with the technical readiness levels of potential options which meet the Statement of Needs in Annex A;

2. Seek information regarding Australian industry’s ability to design, manufacture, supply and sustain the sub-systems, systems and systems-of-systems which will constitute the Integrated Undersea Surveillance System; and

3. Understand approximate project cost and schedule assumptions.

Project SEA 5012 Phase 1 is seeking information from industry with regards to:

1. Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems;

2. Surveillance Systems;

3. Sensor signal processing and analysis; and

4. Future systems and alternative technologies and concepts.

Submissions close on 24 September 2021 at 2:00 pm (ACT Local Time).

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