in Defence

BAE Systems launches Hunter Class prototyping phase bid process

Posted 25 June 2019 · Add Comment

BAE Systems Australia is today launching the process to bid for work on the Hunter Class Frigate Programme’s prototyping phase.



Above: The Hunter Class Frigate based on BAE Systems' Type 26 Global Combat Ship design.
Courtesy BAE Systems

Australian businesses that supply equipment and services, from scaffolding and pipes to deck coverings and insulation, will today learn how to secure an estimated $20 million in contracts through the Hunter Class Frigate Programme, providing local jobs and developing the country's defence industry capabilities to establish an enduring naval shipbuilding sector in Australia.

More than 150 businesses from around Australia will converge in Adelaide for a procurement update that launches the process to bid for work during the Hunter programme’s prototyping phase, which commences next year.
 
Starting in December 2020, five ship blocks will be built at the Osborne Naval Shipyard, in South Australia.
 
During this phase Australian businesses that supply minor equipment, materials and services can bid for an estimated $20 million in contracts across two specific supplier categories.
 
In one of those categories, known as 'category D', the Hunter programme is committed to achieving 100% Australian suppliers.
 
The prototyping phase is a crucial stage in the programme where all the processes, systems, tools, facilities and workforce competencies will be tested and refined before construction on the first frigate commences in 2022.
 
The $35 billion Hunter programme will deliver nine state-of the-art anti-submarine warfare frigates to the Royal Australian Navy and is the biggest surface ship project in Australia’s defence history.

Managing Director ASC Shipbuilding, Craig Lockhart said: “The Hunter programme is committed to maximising opportunities for Australian suppliers through supply contracts and initiatives to nurture and grow small-to-medium sized businesses.
 
“Today’s procurement update is not a just an information session – this is a genuine opportunity for our team to help Australian businesses bid for upcoming contracts to supply equipment and materials for the prototyping blocks, like scaffolding, pipes, steel, deck coverings, cables and insulation, as well as services, like outfitting and painting.
 
“By maximising opportunities for local suppliers through contracts for supply and initiatives to nurture and grow small-to-medium sized businesses, we are raising the Australian defence industry’s ability to compete for and win domestic and international maritime work.
 
“That’s one of our strategies and commitments to building a world-class, sovereign capability for continuous naval shipbuilding for this country.”

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Managing complexity in the aerospace industry

Graham McCall, VP Operations UK, Aras, looks at why aerospace manufacturers have to fully embrace digital transformation to address greater product complexity, as well as compliance, risk and resilience issues.

BAE Systems tandem dry-docks USS Decatur & USS Stethem

BAE Systems' San Diego Ship Repair team will tandem drydock two Navy destroyers, the USS Decatur & USS Stethem.

Validair to provide Oxbox environmental monitoring

Validair Monitoring Solutions Ltd (VMSL) has been appointed to provide environmental monitoring systems for the new ‘OxBox’ facility at Oxford Biomedica.

RBR active showcases life-saving device at Aviation Health Conference 2019

RBR active will exhibit its life-saving RBR leglow device at the Aviation Health Conference, 24-26 September, profiling the value of the technology to Chief Medical Officers from key international airlines.

Wanted: Gamers to keep us all safe online

QinetiQ and the British Esports Association are teaming up to raise awareness of the common skills between cyber security professionals and esports players during a special event at the Science Museum in London on Wednesday 25th

Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in service on AirAsia

Inmarsat today announced that its award-winning GX Aviation inflight broadband solution has entered commercial service with low-cost airline AirAsia.

See us at
SMI FAV BT1006141119FIL20BT010819260720DSEI JP BT1605201119VIDSE BT1605060320ADSS1000DBT1706171019SMI ActiveP BT1206121119SMI GMS BT1906071119