The aim of the Australian SEA1000 Future Submarine Program (FSP) was to provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with its next generation of submarine capability, beyond the planned withdrawal of the Collins Class submarine scheduled to commence in 2025.
The FSP was subsequently renamed the Australian Sovereign Submarine Program (ASSP), with an ongoing mission to maintain an enduring submarine acquisition and sustainment technical capability; to be used in support of the Collins Class Life of Type Extension (LOTE) project and other Collins Class upgrade projects, such as Combat Systems upgrades.
Throughout the life of the FSP, Nova Systems provided support across combat systems engineering, Test & Evaluation (T&E), Verification & Validation (V&V), systems integration, Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) and enterprise risk management support, to both the Technical Office and the Project Office. In 2020, Team Nova was appointed as a Major Service Provider to the FSP and had up to 100 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) personnel working on the program.
We continued to support FSP with project closure until June 2022 and ensured relevant artefacts have been retained, such as the model-based systems engineering (MBSE) model, so the development of the technical requirements set for future nuclear-powered submarine can be informed from the existing work.