Katherine Ziesing | Canberra
As foreshadowed in DWP last week, government has confirmed the Life of Type Assurance Program (LOTAP) for the Anzac class, once the ASMD program is completed next year.
In an announcement today from Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne, the eight-year $2 billion program “will streamline a number of existing contracts for the whole-of-life sustainment for the ANZAC Class Frigates” under strategic partnership between BAE Systems Australia Defence Pty Limited, Saab Australia Pty Ltd, Naval Ship Management Australia Pty Ltd (a joint venture between UGL and Babcock).
The work will continue to be carried at BAE Systems Australia’s Henderson site in WA, cementing the site as the preferred option for government and the Navy. Some work will also occur at Fleet Base East, the statement confirmed.
The Henderson site will continue to be a key part of the governments shipbuilding plan with the recent announcement that the OPV will start construction in 2018 in SA but move to WA in 2020.