Todd Awarded $10-Million In Contracts By Australia For Technology Transfer
Todd Shipyards Corporation has announced it has been awarded two contracts by the Australian government, with initial value of more than $10 million, for technology transfer and procurement support involving guided missile frigate construction at the Australian Naval Dockyard in Melbourne.
The contracting authority was the Assistant Secretary, Major Contracts Branch, Department of Defence Support in Canberra. Both contracts will run for 4 years, with options to extend for an additional 2V2 years.
Under one of the contracts Todd's Seattle and Los Angeles Divisions will train Australian workers and administrative personnel in the specialized construction, operation, and test methods that Todd has developed in the past 25 years for U.S. Navy combatant construction. Training will focus on construction of Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7) Class guided missile frigates, of which 30 have been awarded to Todd's Los Angeles and Seattle Divisions, including four built for and delivered to the Royal Australian Navy. Australian personnel will visit both facilities for first-hand exposure to the FFG construction process, and Todd personnel will provide on-site guidance in critical program phases when FFG construction begins later in Australia.
Under the second contract, the Seattle Division will act as the procurement center for all U.S.- sourced material for the Australian- built ships. Under an earlier contract, a Todd team identified those materials and equipment that could be acquired in Australia.