The objective of the Collins Program is to sustain the Collins class Submarine (CCSM) materiel capability (including the associated escape and rescue capability), minimise the logistic costs of ownership, and provide sustainable and cost effective design, engineering and logistics support for platform systems and combat systems, through agreements with industry partners including ASC Pty Ltd (ASC), Raytheon Australia, Thales, BAE Systems and other providers. A new performance based In-Service Support Contract (ISSC) with ASC became operational on 1 July 2012.

Recommendations from the Coles Studies, that were delivered in late 2012 and early 2014, re-emphasise the importance of ongoing ISSC transition activities during 2014-15 and associated Collins reform work currently underway with Navy’s Rizzo and associated continuous improvement programs. A Transformation Office has been established to drive implementation of the Coles recommendations including significant changes to the Collins usage upkeep cycle to improve CCSM availability.

The DMO has established an enterprise approach with industry partners with the goals being:

  • delivering required capability at benchmark availability
  • building an enterprise workforce with sustained submarine knowledge embedded in a collaborative working environment
  • participants collaborate in successful enterprise with aligned objectives and interest
  • reducing sustainment costs over time through productivity improvements.

During 2014-15, the planned outcome is to continue efforts to improve the availability and reliability of the CCSM against progressively increasing performance targets agreed with the Capability Manager (Navy) the CCSM against progressively increasing performance targets agreed with the Capability Manager (Navy).

Brand Royal Australian Navy

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