ASC establishes submarine science and tech hub in Adelaide – Australian Defence Magazine

Australia’s sovereign defence company ASC is opening a new science and technology hub at Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen, to form new research and business connections that can enhance Collins Class submarine sustainment and their Life of Type Extension (LOTE).  
According to a statement released by the company, ASC’s Lot Fourteen office will be a base for both permanent staff and visiting experts across ASC’s engineering team.  
The Lot Fourteen office would extend research activities undertaken at the company’s Osborne site and provide a new gateway for students and future partners to connect with ASC’s programs, the company said.
Planned future research subjects for ASC’s Science and Technology Program include robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, knowledge management and machine learning. 
“The district’s close proximity to universities makes Lot Fourteen the perfect location for ASC’s city hub,” South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas said.
“As a valuable addition to the Lot Fourteen innovation district, ASC will become part of the district’s knowledge transfer network that supports South Australia’s world-class research excellence.”
ASC sustains the Collins Class submarines for the Royal Australian Navy, and has commenced systems design for their Life of Type Extension. The LOTE program will upgrade propulsion and power distribution systems, diesel motors and generators to ensure that Australia’s Collins Class submarines continue proudly serving the nation into the 2040s.  
“ASC has a proud history in the build, continual upgrade and sustainment of Australia’s Collins Class submarines,” ASC managing director and chief executive officer Stuart Whiley said.
“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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