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  • ATTACK CLASS

    A U S T R A L I A N D E F E N C E I N A G L O B A L C O N T E X TA U S T R A L I A N D E F E N C E I N A G L O B A L C O N T E X T MAY 2020

    VOL.46 NO.4

    UNINHABITED UNDERWATER SYSTEMS

    THE FUTURE OF WARFARE

    SWEDISH SUBMARINES UPGRADES

    AND NEW BUILDS

    INTERVIEW: THALES AUSTRALIA

    CEO CHRIS JENKINS

    SUBMARINE PROGRAM UPDATE

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    New South Wales: A great place for defence

    New South Wales is Australia’s economic, financial and education powerhouse. Home to more than a quarter of Australia’s Defence personnel, it also has vibrant cities and regional centres offering a lifestyle envied throughout the world.

    The NSW advantage • Largest state economy

    generating one third of the nation’s GDP

    • Highest number of defence industry skilled workers

    • Majority of the nation’s leading tertiary and research institutions

    • 21 major Defence establishments and training areas.

    Defence NSW A dedicated team within the NSW Government working to create the conditions for sustainable, technologically advanced and globally competitive defence industries.

    Find out why NSW is such a great place for defence.

    Visit defence.nsw.gov.au and download the NSW Defence and Industry Strategy ‘Strong, Smart and Connected’.

    defence.nsw.gov.au

  • Image courtesy of Department of Defence.

    New South Wales: A great place for defence

    New South Wales is Australia’s economic, financial and education powerhouse. Home to more than a quarter of Australia’s Defence personnel, it also has vibrant cities and regional centres offering a lifestyle envied throughout the world.

    The NSW advantage • Largest state economy

    generating one third of the nation’s GDP

    • Highest number of defence industry skilled workers

    • Majority of the nation’s leading tertiary and research institutions

    • 21 major Defence establishments and training areas.

    Defence NSW A dedicated team within the NSW Government working to create the conditions for sustainable, technologically advanced and globally competitive defence industries.

    Find out why NSW is such a great place for defence.

    Visit defence.nsw.gov.au and download the NSW Defence and Industry Strategy ‘Strong, Smart and Connected’.

    defence.nsw.gov.au

  • 4 Asia Pacific Defence Reporter MAY 2020

    REGULARS 04 EDITOR'S LETTER COVID-19 and the consequences for Defence spending

    NEWS 08 Boeing rolls out first Loyal Wingman aircraft

    10 Geelong company to supply F-35 countermeasures flares

    11 BAE Systems supports Loyal Wingman project

    More Bushmasters for the Netherlands

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    ATTACK CLASS

    A U S T R A L I A N D E F E N C E I N A G L O B A L C O N T E X TA U S T R A L I A N D E F E N C E I N A G L O B A L C O N T E X T MAY 2020

    VOL.46 NO.4

    UNINHABITED UNDERWATER SYSTEMS

    THE FUTURE OF WARFARE

    SWEDISH SUBMARINES UPGRADES

    AND NEW BUILDS

    INTERVIEW: THALES AUSTRALIA

    CEO CHRIS JENKINS

    SUBMARINE PROGRAM UPDATE

    APDR_May_2020.indd 1 4/5/20 1:25 pm

    FEATURES 12 SEA 1000 PROGRAM UPDATE Is the Attack class costing $33.7 billion too much?

    16 COLLINS LIFE OF TYPE EXTENSION An increasingly vital project

    20 THE NETHERLANDS WALRUS SUBMARINE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM Four submarines similar to the Attack class for a fraction of the cost

    23 UNINHABITED UNDERWATER SYSTEMS Fewer manned submarines in the future?

    26 UUVS – THE US PERSPECTIVE The way of the future for many dangerous missions

    30 CHIEF OF THE ROYAL SWEDISH NAVY, RADM EVA SKOOG HASLUM Swedish expertise available for Collins LOTE

    32 1ST PERSON FEATURE INTERVIEW Thales Australia CEO, Chris Jenkins

    36 THE RAN APPROACH TO MINE COUNTERMEASURES PT II Are we taking the wrong approach?

    40 CYCLONE HAROLD RELIEF EFFORT RAAF and RNZAF working together.

    Heaving lines are thrown from sailors on the casing of HMAS Farncomb as the boat comes alongside Diamantina Pier upon her return to Fleet Base West in Western Australia. During the deployment, Farncomb took part in the Fleet Certification Period 2020 which involved a number of major fleet units, RAAF assets, Clearance Dive Team One and various other Force Elements from mid-February to early March. Credit: CoA / James Whittle

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    CONTENTS

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  • 6 Asia Pacific Defence Reporter MAY 2020

    BABCOCK 7

    KYM BERGMANN // CANBERRA

    COVID-19 AND THE CONSEQUENCES FOR DEFENCE SPENDING

    EDITOR'S LETTER

    Under present circumstances it is hard to write about anything other than The Virus, even as Australia is showing early signs of a return to normality. The Federal and State governments – and the vast majority of people – are doing absolutely the right thing with an awareness that restrictions can only be carefully lifted and might need to be reimposed swiftly if circumstances deteriorate.

    The only people against this measured approach seem to be the usual late night television carnival barkers, who are presumably seeking to parrot U.S. Republicans who want to open up the economy completely, no matter how great the loss of life. Fortunately, Australia is better than that. We have to face the reality that the best way to return to normal is to follow the rules and continue to do so for as long as the medical experts advise.

    If anyone is wondering: yes, the APDR team has downloaded the COVIDSAFE app and we will continue to use it until the danger has passed. But while more than five million people have done the same, this is still a long way short of a really effective outbreak tracing system. That would take almost twice as many users. For this situation the Government has only itself to blame because previous failures in securing private information and IT fiascos such as Robodebt and the last census has eroded public confidence to such a degree that many people are wary of downloading something that is designed to secure their health and safety.

    It is too early to calculate how the pandemic will affect Australian defence spending, but anyone who thinks that it will be business as usual is being prematurely optimistic. The local economy – and that of the rest of the world – might rebound extremely quickly. However, a much more likely scenario is for a slow and staggered recovery – particularly when the

    biggest economy of all in the form of the U.S. faces an uncertain future.

    One obvious point is that tying Defence to 2% of GDP might now actually drag spending backwards. As we have pointed out previously, while the economy continued to grow – admittedly at a sluggish pace – that was good for the portfolio. Simply put, as the size of the national economic pie continued to grow that was the same for the Defence slice.

    However, we are in uncertain times and almost all economists believe that we are entering a recession, with unemployment to spike at more than 10%. Now it is a matter