ASC Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of BAE Systems Australia, has placed three new feasibility studies to support the Hunter Class Frigate Program.
ASC Shipbuilding has placed orders with Craig International Ballistics, REDARC Defence Systems and Veem to undertake studies into whether three additional Australian companies can form part of the supply chain for the build phase of the first batch of frigates.
“We are on track to begin the prototyping phase of the Hunter Class Program at the end of this year, which is why it's vital we continue to form new partnerships with Australian industry as we look ahead to the build phase,” Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said.
Craig International Ballistics will investigate whether they can provide an Australian solution for ship bridge windows and armour protection; REDARC Defence Systems will explore if it can provide an Australian solution to LED lighting throughout the ships; and Veem will study security requirements for local propeller manufacture in Australia.
“With a 30-year life-span, the building of nine submarine hunting warships provides an enormous opportunity for the nation to advance our sovereign shipbuilding capability and create long-term prospects for Australian industry,” ASC Shipbuilding Managing Director Craig Lockhart said. “I have absolute confidence in Australian industry to bring ingenuity and innovation to the Hunter program, while at the same time providing valuable employment opportunities in the nation’s advanced manufacturing sector at a time when we’ve never needed it more.”
"VEEM is very pleased to be part of a feasibility study to examine security requirements for local high level defence propeller manufacturing in Australia,” Veem Managing Director Mark Miocevich said. “VEEM operates the most advanced commercial propeller manufacturing facility in the world and being considered for the manufacture of the new anti-submarine warfare frigates is an exciting proposition.”
“REDARC Defence Systems is proud to have secured a contract with the Hunter Class Frigate Program to explore how we as a local designer and manufacturer of advanced electronics systems can contribute to the first batch of ships and look at how this could flow down across our local supply chain,” REDARC Defence Systems General Manager Sales, Mike Hartas, said. “The outcome of this study, which although does not guarantee work, does ensure we are able to present to the program and the Government the value that we can contribute to the National Shipbuilding and Sustainment Plan.”
“As a provider of ballistic protection to many ADF assets, we welcome the opportunity to showcase our Australian Industry Capability for the Hunter Class Frigate Program,” Craig International Ballistics CEO James Craig said.