Our Partners & the Supply Chain

Partnerships are essential for delivering a national shipbuilding enterprise. Navantia Australia has been working with Australian partners for over a decade and over that time we have been able to witness first-hand the expertise which is growing in the Australian shipbuilding ecosystem.

Industrial Partnerships

Over the past ten years, over 150 Australian companies have worked with Navantia to deliver capability to the Royal Australian Navy. We have formed partnerships and joint ventures with companies such as SAGE Automation in South Australia.

From family owned companies such as Tasmania’s Taylor Bros through to Australian icons like Bluescope Steel, Australian industry is a vital part of Navantia Australia’s shipbuilding capability. By partnering with Australian Industry, we are helping Australian small and medium enterprises enter the global market and are creating export opportunities for Australian businesses.

We are working with Australian industry leaders such as CEA Technologies and Saab Australia on export opportunities such as the Canadian Surface Combatant.

We have a two decade strong history of collaboration with global leader, Lockheed Martin, in intergrating their Aegis combat management system into our designs.

 

 

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The fundamental openness, trust, and transparency between Lockheed Martin and Navantia laid a tremendous foundation 20 years ago to build a world-class capability for the Spanish Navy, the Royal Norwegian Navy, and the Royal Australian Navy. Today, the future remains bright as we look across the world and continue to expand Aegis alongside the tremendous shipbuilding capability that Navantia brings.
Michele Evans Lockheed Martin Vice President, Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors

NSAG Integrated Platform Management System

In 2016, Navantia Australia and Adelaide based SAGE Automation signed a joint venture agreement to create the Navantia SAGE Automation Group (NSAG). Through this agreement both companies bring their together expertise in automation and system monitoring of naval platforms to create local capability.

NSAG is committed to the development and delivery of Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) naval control system solutions for the Australian Defence Industry. The IPMS is a critical system for any naval vessel, as it manages and controls all activity and operations of the ship, from damage control to system monitoring (power, propulsion and auxiliary), crew control, and Condition Based Monitoring. The IPMS features commercial off the shelf hardware and comprises of multifunction Human Machine Interface (HMI) control consoles for system operators at various shipboard locations and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) used for data acquisition and control. In emergency situations, it provides the mission-critical functionality of all systems, making its reliability, availability and straight forward operation crucial.

NSAG has delivered IPMS control systems for LHD and the Hobart Class ships for the Royal Australian Navy. The IPMS has proven its reliability on-board more than 60 ships across navies all around the world, and is supported by a program of continuous development.

Case Studies

Nurturing SMEs case study Taylor Bros

Taylor Bros Marine is a third-generation, Tasmanian family business that specialises in outfit accommodation services to the marine industry. The business has grown from building timber yachts and small coastal and river craft to become a multi-discipline marine engineering company. In recent years Navantia has recognised Taylor Bros as a key Australian supplier.

Since their first visit to Navantia’s facilities in Spain in 2008, Taylors Bros have established themselves as a key partner for our ships and have supplied equipment for the Hobart Class, Canberra Class and now also the two AORs.

Nurturing SMEs case study Shadbolt Group

Since 2006, Navantia has worked closely with the Shadbolt Group, helping them to grow their capability for shipbuilding manufacturing and processes. The Shadbolt Group has been a major construction partner on the Hobart Class Destroyers and Canberra Class LHDs.

We have helped the Shadbolt Group to expand from simply manufacturing to also providing support services, and they are now providing these services for the Canberra Class.