Hunter-Class Frigate Program maximises opportunities for local suppliers

June 28, 2019 – The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, is encouraging Australian businesses to back themselves and get involved in the Hunter-Class Frigate Program. The Minister welcomed advice that more than 100 Australian suppliers have attended a procurement update in Adelaide to see how they can tap into the prototyping phase of the project, which will begin in 2020. Defence industry businesses that supply minor equipment, material and services can support the first tranche of work, worth an estimated $20 million, as part of the…

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Australia Hopes to Install Aegis on Hunter Class Frigates

February 15, 2016 – Defence has selected Raytheon Australia to act as its Australian Aegis Systems Integration Agent. Defence has issued a Limited Request for Tender to Raytheon to establish a Deed of Standing Offer under which Raytheon Australia will provide Aegis combat system integration support for up to six years. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said that the United States Navy’s proven Aegis combat management system, which is already fitted to the Hobart Class Destroyers, will be fitted to the Hunter Class Frigates as well. “Raytheon…

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Steel Raised at Osborne South Shipyard

December 14, 2018 – The new landscape of the Osborne Naval Shipyard is taking shape with steel now being raised into place for the Hunter class construction yard. The Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and the Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, said it was fantastic to see the project achieving significant milestones. “It’s estimated the $535 million Osborne South project will create up to 600 jobs,” Minister Pyne said. “The steel raising for the new shipyard involves the elevation of more than 8,000 tonnes…

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Next Generation Frigates Contract Awarded to ASC Shipbuilding & BAE Systems Australia

December 14, 2018 – BAE Systems Australia’s new subsidiary ASC Shipbuilding has been awarded a contract by the Australian Government that provides the framework for the design and build of nine Hunter Class frigates for the Royal Australian Navy. The Australian Government and ASC Shipbuilding signed the contract after ASC Shipbuilding structurally separated from ASC Pty Ltd and was acquired today by BAE Systems. Work has already begun to mobilize the Hunter Class Frigate Program, and the Head Contract signed today incorporates detailed scope for the design and engineering work…

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Saab announced as a Combat System Integration Partner for Australia’s Hunter Class Frigate

November 23, 2018 – Saab Australia has been selected by BAE Systems to be part of a team, including Lockheed Martin Australia, to deliver the combat system integration for the Hunter class frigate. This selection continues a long standing and successful partnership on defense projects in Australia and is an important first step in work that will endure for the life of the Hunter class frigate program. At this stage no contract has been signed. “The fact that BAE Systems Australia has selected Saab as partner is further proof of…

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First contract for Hunter Class Frigate

October 4, 2018 – In a major development for Australia’s new Hunter class frigate program, an interim contract has been struck between the Commonwealth and BAE Systems Australia. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced Defence and BAE Systems Australia have entered into an Advanced Work Arrangement (AWA). The AWA will cover ongoing work on the $35 billion program, ahead of agreeing the Head Contract. Minister Pyne said the AWA is an important first step in the process of transitioning ASC Shipbuilding into BAE Systems in preparation…

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Defence Secretary meets Australian Defence Minister Following £20bn British Warship Deal

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson met with Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne today, following the country’s decision to buy a British warship design as part of a potentially record-breaking £20 billion deal. The meeting between the two ministers, and Defence Minister for procurement Guto Bebb, came just a fortnight after British firm BAE Systems was chosen as the preferred bidder for Australia’s ‘SEA 5000’ Future Frigate competition, securing the biggest international ship deal of the decade. The agreement will see nine cutting-edge British Type 26 Global Combat Ships built in…

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‘It’s a game changer’ – Navy members excited by Future Frigate force

Navy people were taking in the news on Friday that UK firm BAE Systems had been selected as the preferred tenderer for the largest peacetime naval shipping construction project in Australia’s history. BAE’s Global Combat Ship – Australia has been assessed as the capability best suited for our nation, providing the Australian Defence Force with the highest levels of lethality and deterrence our major surface combatants need in periods of global uncertainty. Lieutenant Commander Luke Bogan watched the big announcement from his workplace, at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South…

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Australia – AEGIS Combat System Equipment for Australia Surface Combatants

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2018 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia of equipment associated with the integration of the CEAFAR 2 Phased Array Radar System with the AEGIS Combat System for an estimated cost of $185 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Australia has requested to buy long lead items, engineering and development activities, establishment of engineering development sites, and commencement of development activities associated with the…

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Saab Australia Congratulates BAE Systems Australia on Future Frigate Selection

Saab Australia congratulates BAE Systems Australia on being selected to deliver Australia’s next generation warships under the Future Frigate program. Saab Australia and BAE Systems Australia have enjoyed a long and successful collaboration on many naval programs, including the highly successful ANZAC frigate, and we now look forward to continuing our close working relationship on this major project. It was announced in October 2017 that Saab Australia would develop and supply the tactical interface for the nine new ships being built under the Future Frigate program. “The combination of BAE…

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Hunter Class Marks New Era for Navy’s Future Fleet

Navy’s future frigates will be known as ‘Hunter Class’ with the Chief of Navy confirming the first of the Hunter Class Guided Missile Frigates (FFG) to be commissioned in the late 2020s. In a signal to all Navy personnel, Vice Admiral Barrett said class name was chosen to reflect the tradition of naming RAN ships that promote Navy’s bond with the Nation. In this case, the first three ships of the Hunter class will proudly carry the names of three major Australian regions, all with strong historical maritime and naval…

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