Australia Promises Contracts for Small Business in Frigate Program

May 19, 2021 – The Morrison Government’s pledge to ensure the benefits of its investment in Defence capability flow to Aussie businesses is gaining momentum, with three local companies awarded contracts totaling more than $800,000 to support the Hunter class frigate program. BAE Systems Australia has brought forward prototyping contract agreements with South Australian-based companies Century Engineering and Novafast International,…

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Sovereign shipbuilding capability retained in Hunter Class Frigate project

January 28, 2021 – The Morrison Government’s Hunter Class Frigate Project continues to ramp up its Australian workforce, with the graduates of Australia’s first digital shipbuilding course beginning work on the Project. The Diploma of Digital Technology, run by the prime contractor for the Hunter Class Frigate Project, BAE Systems Maritime Australia and Flinders University, was launched in March last…

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Preparation underway to build new frigates

January 7, 2021 – Prototyping is underway at the Osborne shipyard in Adelaide in preparation for work to start on Navy’s Hunter-class frigates. Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group’s first assistant secretary ships Sheryl Lutz said five prototype blocks would be built in the prototyping phase to test the shipyard’s production systems, develop the facilities and ensure the workforce was…

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ASC Awards Hunter Class Subcontract to Altrad Services

December 14, 2020 – The prototyping phase of the Morrison Government’s Hunter Class Frigate Program is one step closer, with West Australian company Altrad Services contracted to provide blast and paint services. The Prime contractor for the Hunter program, ASC Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of BAE Systems Australia, has signed the contract with Altrad Services after a competitive tender process. Minister…

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Indigenous Contract for Hunter-class

December 1, 2020 – The first Indigenous supplier contracted for the Hunter-class frigate program’s prototyping phase has been announced. BAE Systems Australia’s subsidiary, ASC Shipbuilding, signed a contract with Indigenous Defence & Infrastructure Consortium and its consortium partner TQCSI-Yaran recently. Former AFL footballer and Indigenous Defence & Infrastructure Consortium Chief Executive Officer Adam Goodes said the company was delighted to…

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Hunter Class Frigate Program engagement with Australian industry grows

October 15, 2020 – The public Australian Industry Capability (AIC) Plan for the first phase of the Morrison Government’s Hunter Class Frigate Program has been released, detailing how AIC will be maximised in the initial design and production phase of the program. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the release of the AIC Plan demonstrates the…

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Australian Steel to Support Hunter Class Frigate Prototyping

September 15, 2020 – Work on the Morrison Government’s Hunter Class Frigate Program is progressing as the prototyping phase of the program approaches. The prime contractor for the Program, ASC Shipbuilding, has signed a contract with South Australian Company Infrabuild Steel Centre to support the manufacturing of the frigates at the Osborne South shipyard. The contract is for the supply…

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40 More Engineers to Work on Hunter Class

September 1, 2020 – The Morrison Government’s Hunter Class Frigate Program continues to ramp up its workforce and create Australian jobs with up to 40 engineers to start work on prototyping the high-tech vessel. The prime contractor for the Program, ASC Shipbuilding, has signed a contract with Sydney-based professional services company GHD Group Limited (GHD) to provide the highly-skilled Australian…

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Steel contract marks next step in Hunter Class Frigate Program

June 26, 2020 – ASC Shipbuilding has signed a $2.6 million contract with BlueScope Steel AIS for the Hunter Class Frigate Program. Under the contract announced last week, Australian company BlueScope will supply more than 1500 tonnes of steel plate to build five blocks during the prototyping phase of the shipbuilding program, which is on track to begin later this…

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Suppliers sought for frigate program

June 12, 2020 – ASC Shipbuilding has engaged with about 350 Australian suppliers despite the challenging circumstances imposed by COVID-19. A live webinar was held on May 22 by the business leaders and supply chain team, which provided an update on opportunities available with the Hunter Class Frigate Program. The program aims to contract local businesses to supply material and…

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