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ASC opens science and technology base at Lot Fourteen

Australia’s sovereign defence company ASC is opening a new science and technology hub in Adelaide’s city centre at Lot Fourteen, to form new research and business connections that can enhance Collins-class submarine sustainment and their Life of Type Extension (LOTE).

ASC’s CEO, Stuart Whiley, said the Lot Fourteen hub will extend the existing research and development activities undertaken at the company’s sites in SA and WA. It will be a base for both permanent staff and visiting experts across ASC’s engineering team.

Planned future research subjects for ASC’s Science and Technology Program include robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, knowledge management and machine learning.

ASC sustains the Collins-class submarines for the RAN and has commenced systems design for their LOTE. This program will upgrade propulsion and power distribution systems, diesel motors and generators to ensure that Australia’s Collins Class submarines continue serving the nation into the 2040s.

“ASC has a proud history in the build, continual upgrade and sustainment of Australia’s Collins Class submarines,” said CEO Stuart Whiley. “We intend to remain at the cutting edge into the future. This new hub will place ASC’s expert staff at the centre of activity in Adelaide’s CBD, and create even more two-way links with universities and new technology businesses.

“The rapid evolution of technology in industries that are adjacent to defence provides opportunities to collaborate on projects that can drive improvements in shipyard safety, the performance of Collins-class submarines and assist in optimising LOTE activities.

“It is important that we focus on fostering the next wave of Australia’s innovation and skills development, to continue serving the long-term goals of ASC and our valued partners.”

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