Attack Class SSG

Attack class SSG
Type Submarine, Attack, Guided Missile (SSG)
  • Anti-submarine warfare
  • Anti-surface warfare
  • Strike
  • Intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance
  • Electronic warfare
  • Mine warfare
Builder Naval Group Australia and ASC

On 26 April 2016, it was announced that DCNS, now Naval Group, of France had been selected as the preferred international partner for the design of twelve future submarines following a Competitive Evaluation Process.

Naval Group’s Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A submarine will be one of the most advanced conventionally-powered submarines in the world and will be built in Australia by ASC at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia.

On 13 December 2018, the Chief of Navy, VADM Mike Noonan, announced that Australia’s Future Submarine will be known as the Attack Class.

The Australian Government ratified a Strategic Partnering Agreement with the French shipbuilding company Naval Group in a signing ceremony held in Canberra on 11 February 2019 which will see twelve regionally superior submarines designed and built in Australia.

The Attack Class SSGs will provide Australia with the highest levels of lethality and deterrence during periods of global uncertainty. They will have the capability to conduct a variety of missions independently, or as part of a task group in order to meet Australia's unique capability requirements. These included superior sensor performance and stealth characteristics, as well as range and endurance similar to the Collins Class submarines.

The Attack Class will begin entering service in the early 2030s replacing the six Collins Class submarines, which have been in service since HMAS Collins commissioned in 1996. The first of class submarine will be commissioned as HMAS Attack (II).

An artist's impression of the Attack class SSG.
An artist's impression of the Attack Class SSG.