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Navantia Australia, UGL team up to bid for LAND 8710 Ph.1 – Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel Medium

At the signing of the Navantia Ausralia and UGL partnership agreement: (L-R) Terry Nichols, UGL General Manager Defence; Ricardo Dominguez, Navantia S.A. S.M.E. President; Doug Moss, UGL Managing Director; Israel Lozano, Navantia Australia Managing Director; Jamie Gibbs, Navantia Australia Engineering Director & Chief Operating Officer. Photo: Navantia Australia

Navantia Australia and Australian engineering services company UGL, a part of the CIMIC group, are partnering to bid for the Australian Army LCM-8 landing craft replacement project, LAND 8710 Ph.1 – Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel – Medium (LMV-M).

Navantia Australia first revealed its intent to bid for the Landing Craft replacement at the Land Forces Exhibition in June 2021, unveiling a series of wholly Australian-designed landing craft variants named Kodal. Kodal is a Torres Strait Islander word meaning Crocodile acknowledging the amphibious operations of the craft. Tender submissions for the program close on 14 June 2022.

Navantia Australia and UGL said in a joint statement they both have a demonstrated track record of delivering successful ADF projects and together, offer the leading Australian LMV-M solution in terms of outstanding Australian Industry Capability, including an Australian sovereign design, Australian construction, and an Australian supply chain.

Navantia Australia Managing Director, Israel Lozano, said “The partnership between Navantia Australia and UGL offers combined experience in collaborating with both Navy and Army, to deliver superior results.

“Together we offer Defence a highly compliant Australian design, cost effective delivery, surety of supply, contribution to the Naval Shipbuilding Plan and maximum Australian content.”

“I’m pleased that UGL has teamed with Navantia Australia to bring our substantial Australian heavy manufacturing expertise and genuine Australian sovereign capability to enhance the Australian naval shipbuilding capability,” said UGL Managing Director,Doug Moss.

As a major Australian services and manufacturing company, UGL has significant experience in complex project delivery as well as experience maintaining and upgrading the AN’s ANZAC-class frigates in Western Australia. UGL is CIMIC Group’s specialist end-to-end asset solutions provider. Its Australia-wide 6,700 strong workforce offer extensive manufacturing and support capabilities on both the east and west coasts of Australia.

Navantia Australia this year celebrates its tenth year in providing sovereign engineering, design, sustainment, and supply chain services to the Australian Defence sector.

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