A marine technology company based south-east of Perth is joining the supply chain for the Hunter class frigate program.
VEEM, based in Canning Vale, has been awarded a contract worth approximately $180,000 by BAE Systems Maritime Australia to develop a prototype propeller blade for the future frigates, set to be among the most advanced anti-submarine warships in the world.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the contract with VEEM was signed following an initial feasibility study in 2020.
VEEM will work with marine technology company Kongsberg Maritime to develop the propeller blade prototype.
“This is an important project for the Hunter class frigates and a great opportunity for Australia’s defence industry as we continue to develop our local capability to support naval shipbuilding in Australia,” Minister Price said.
“We look forward to seeing more Australian industry participation in the Naval Shipbuilding Program, improving Australia’s defence manufacturing capability.”