Rohde & Schwarz to be Hunter Class Comms Integrator

Rohde & Schwarz Australia will design and manufacture an integrated communications system (ICS) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP), following signature of a contract with BAE Systems Australia’s (BAESA) maritime division that allows for the addition of scopes of work over time. Under the initial scope of the early engineering contract, Rohde & Schwarz Australia…

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New Warships Help Protect the Fleet and the Environment

Giant ‘catalytic converters’ are being fitted on the Navy’s new generation of warships to dramatically reduce their impact on the environment. Harnessing technology used in diesel cars and trucks – but on a much grander scale – Type 26 frigates, led by HMS Glasgow, remove many of the harmful elements from engine exhaust gases. It will allow the submarine-hunting ships…

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First Crewmembers Join Lead Type 26 HMS Glasgow

Sailors are today breathing life into the first of the UK’s next-generation warships. Half a dozen sailors have joined HMS Glasgow – under construction in her namesake city – to begin turning a lifeless hull into the world’s most advanced submarine hunter. The ship is the first of eight Type 26 frigates which will safeguard both the nation’s nuclear deterrence…

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Mimic Condition Monitoring System for UK Type 26 Frigates

James Fisher Mimic’s (JFM) Condition Monitoring System selected by Ministry of Defence (MoD) to maintain the UK Royal Navy’s future Type 26 Frigate fleet. Aligning with the UK Royal Navy’s (RN) maintenance strategy on-board the revolutionary Type 26 Frigate, JFM has been selected by the UK MoD to integrate its Mimic Condition Monitoring System to enable performance management, providing operational…

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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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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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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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