• A mock up of the Hunter design from the
early days of the campaign. Credit: BAE Systems
    A mock up of the Hunter design from the early days of the campaign. Credit: BAE Systems
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Defence has two massive shipbuilding programs on its books; the Attack class submarine at $90 billion plus and the Hunter class frigate program at $45 billion for nine ships. The submarine side of the equation has been examined at length but Hunter less so.

On December 14 2018, the Government signed the Head Contract with ASC Shipbuilding Pty Ltd now known as BAE Systems Maritime Australia, a subsidiary of BAE Systems Australia Ltd, to build the Hunter class frigates under Project Sea 5000 Phase 1.

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