Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

SEA 5000 Hunter Class Future Frigate

SEA 5000 Hunter Class Future Frigate

In June 2018, the Commonwealth government announced BAE Systems Australia as the successful tender for the $35 billion SEA 5000 Future Frigate program.

The nine Hunter class frigates will be based on the BAE Systems Type 26 Global Combat Ship currently under construction for the Royal Navy and will replace the eight Anzac class frigates when they enter service beginning in the late 2020s.

The Hunter class is billed as an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) centric vessel delivering an advanced ASW capability to the Royal Australian Navy at a time when 50 percent of the world’s submarines will be operating in the Indo-Pacific region.

BAE Systems Australia announced that it had selected Lockheed Martin Australia and Saab Australia as combat systems integration industry partners, responsible for delivering the Australian designed CEAFAR 2 Active Phased Array Radar, Lockheed Martin designed Aegis combat management system and Saab Australia 9LV tactical interface.

Centred around the AN/SPY-1 radar, Aegis is a fully integrated combat management system, providing full 360- degree, 3D tracking capacity.

Aegis is capable of simultaneously defending against attack from land targets, submarines and surface ships while automatically protecting the fleet against aircraft, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles.

The $35 billion program sees ASC Shipbuilding become a subsidiary of BAE Systems throughout the build process beginning in 2020 at the Osborne Shipyard in South Australia, creating more than 4,000 jobs.

BAE Systems expects the Australian industry content (AIC) for the Hunter Class build will be 65-70 per cent, which will create and secure thousands of jobs for decades.

At the end of the program the Commonwealth will resume complete ownership of ASC Shipbuilding, thereby ensuring the retention in Australia of intellectual property, a highly skilled workforce and the associated equipment.

SEA 5000 is expected to support over 500 Australian businesses who have been pre-qualified to be part of the Hunter class supply chain, with the Australian steel industry in particular, benefitting from the 48,000 tonnes of steel required to build the ships


22 May 2020
BAE and ASC Hunter Class shipbuilding briefing steams ahead
Ahead of ASC Shipbuilding awarding contracts to Australian businesses to support the Hunter Class Frigate Program’s (HCFP) prototyping phase, which ...
18 Mar 2020
First round of BAE Hunter Class secondees return to Australia
The first batch of BAE Systems Australia’s secondees to the company’s Glasgow shipyards have returned home, with invaluable lessons from progress ...
10 Mar 2020
BAE calls for Hunter Class supplier expressions of interest
BAE Systems Australia is calling on Australian industry to register their interest to participate in key supplier roles to support the Royal Australia...
6 Mar 2020
Senate estimate hearings for future shipbuilding questioned over clarity
Since the inception for the future submarine and shipbuilding projects, there has been much conjecture but little clarification of job figures involve...
25 Feb 2020
Aussie industry on hand to witness Type 26 ‘blast and paint’
BAE Systems has provided an opportunity for four Australian businesses engaged with the prototyping work on the Royal Australian Navy’s Hunter Clas...
19 Feb 2020
$2.9m Industry 4.0 research to drive digital manufacturing in Hunter Class
BAE Systems Australia, Flinders University and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) have announced a $2.9 million partners...
21 Jan 2020
US approves US$1.5bn FMS to support RAN’s major surface combatants
The US Department of State and Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has approved a potential US$1.5 billion ($2.1 billion) contract to modernise...
15 Jan 2020
Preparing the nation for a truly sovereign naval shipbuilding capability
2020 is shaping up to be a big year for the government’s $95 billion Naval Shipbuilding Program. As the multibillion-dollar Arafura Class and Hunter...
4 Dec 2019
SEA 5000 MOU success for South Australian naval refrigeration
South Australia-based refrigeration specialist Cold Logic and UK naval refrigeration supplier Ernest West & Beynon have signed an exclusive mem...
20 Nov 2019
AIDN calls for urgent review of Australian Industry Capability program
Australia’s peak national industry body for representation of mostly small to medium businesses operating in the country’s defence and national se...
2 Oct 2019
Defence announces Attack Class submarine DC switchboard contract
Naval Group has signed a subcontract with Schneider Electric France for the design of the main DC switchboard for the Royal Australian Navy’s $50 bi...
16 Aug 2019
Program milestone for Type 26 Global Combat Ship program
In a major milestone for the Royal Navy, BAE Systems has cut steel for the second Type 26 Global Combat Ship, HMS Cardiff, as progress on Australia...
11 Jul 2019
Aussie small businesses benefit from Global Combat Ship program
Defence Minister, Linda Reynolds has welcomed news that a South Australian business is the latest Australian company selected to supply into the multi...
25 Jun 2019
Australian businesses to build Hunter Class frigate prototyping blocks
Australian businesses that supply equipment and services, from scaffolding and pipes to deck coverings and insulation, will today learn how to secure ...
21 Jun 2019
Graduates hunt frigate opportunities at Osborne
Fifty graduates visited the Osborne Naval Shipyard this week to learn more about the newest part of BAE Systems' business, ASC Shipbuilding, and wit...
10 Jun 2019
Participating in Hunter Class gets easier with updated ICN Gateway
The Industry Capability Network (ICN) Gateway has been updated to include a taxonomy for the defence industry. The update comes in time for businesses...
6 May 2019
On Point: Future-proofing the anti-submarine warfare capabilities of the Hunter
The $35 billion Hunter Class program is set to revolutionise the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities of the Royal Australian Navy. Future-proof...
9 Apr 2019
BAE Systems Australia appoints new shipbuilding managing director
BAE Systems Australia has officially confirmed a new managing director for ASC Shipbuilding as progress on the $35 billion Hunter Class future frigate...
4 Apr 2019
Collaboration key to developing shipbuilding innovation and capability
As progress continues to surge ahead at the $535 million future frigate shipyard at Osborne, prime contractor BAE Systems Australia has reinforced the...
28 Dec 2018
Top 5 for 2018: Defence Connect’s best SEA 5000 stories
The $35 billion SEA 5000 program has picked up pace this year, with announcements of the successful tender and ground breaking of the digital shipyard...

more from defence connect

May 29 2020
As India snubs Trump offer, China steps up border presence
As world leaders wrestle with the coronavirus outbreak, squabbles have once again erupted along Indi...
May 29 2020
In the face of a rising region, is Australia really a ‘middle power’?
Australia has long been described as a ‘middle power’, particularly within the post-Second World...
May 29 2020
Fleet Cyber Unit deploys in support of Operation MANITOU
Deployed for the first time on operations in the Middle East is an element of the Royal Australian N...
Recommended by Spike Native Network