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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


10 Feb 2022
BAE Systems completes Hunter Class engineering review
The prime has concluded a year-long engineering assessment to help inform the design of the Hunter Class frigates. ...
23 Nov 2021
BAE transfers warship design data to Australia
BAE Systems is in the process of transferring two million digital artefacts and 90,000 documents about the UK’s Type 26 frigate to their Australian ...
2 Nov 2021
Local firms win Hunter Class contracts
Three Australian companies have been selected to support the prototyping phase of the Hunter Class frigate program. ...
14 Oct 2021
State of play — Powering ahead with the SEA 5000 project
Three years have passed since the federal government selected BAE Systems Maritime Australia to deliver the Hunter Class frigate program. ...
14 Oct 2021
Hunter Class frigates hit production milestone
The $35 billion shipbuilding program has achieved a major milestone, with the first steel prototype unit rolling off the production line. ...
26 Jul 2021
Local SME wins SEA 5000 pilot order
A Western Australia-based firm has been tapped to develop a prototype for potential integration in the Royal Australian Navy’s future frigates. ...
22 Jun 2021
Assessing AIC commitments under the Hunter Class program
There have been numerous articles circulating around the Attack Class Submarine Project and Naval Group, and whilst it is proper to apply appropriate ...
1 Jun 2021
BAE Systems Australia enters agreement with Lloyd’s Register for Hunter Class
BAE Systems Australia has announced a new agreement with Lloyd’s Register for the delivery of classification and certification services for the Hunt...
20 May 2021
Commonwealth invests $65m for new Hunter Class testing site
The Commonwealth government has invested $65 million to construct a new Hunter Class frigate testing site, the Minister for Defence Industry Melissa P...
20 May 2021
Three additional Australian SMEs to join Hunter Class frigate program
Three Australian companies have been recipients of contracts to support the Hunter Class frigate program as part of the Commonwealth government’s ...
15 Apr 2021
Logistic Engineering Services to support SEA5000 program
The firm has been tapped to deliver software services for the Hunter Class Frigate Program. ...
6 Apr 2021
BAE, Burwell Technologies test Hunter Class modules
BAE Systems Maritime Australia undertook blast testing with Burwell Technologies to better understand the Hunter Class frigate program. ...
29 Jan 2021
Course graduates bolster Hunter Class workforce
Graduates of Australia’s first digital shipbuilding course have commenced work on Defence’s Hunter Class Frigate project. ...
15 Jan 2021
BAE, Flinders Uni collaborate on Factory of the Future
BAE Systems Australia and Flinders University, in conjunction with the South Australian government, have stepped up the support and delivery of the Fl...
5 Jan 2021
Innovation to support Hunter class frigates
BAE Systems Australia’s shipbuilding business has selected four Australian companies to help fast track world-leading manufacturing processes follow...
22 Dec 2020
Op-Ed: All systems go for next-gen Hunter class frigate program
In a year that has seen tragic loss of life, millions lose their jobs, some of the world’s biggest economies devastated and major events cancelled a...
18 Dec 2020
Right on time: Hunter Class frigate prototyping kickstarts next phase
In a major milestone for Australia’s largest surface shipbuilding program, BAE Systems Australia has announced the beginning of prototyping on the R...
16 Dec 2020
State and territory governments follow Commonwealth lead on Aussie shipbuilding jobs
Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price has announced that every Australian state and territory is set to join forces with the Morrison government to ...
15 Dec 2020
Hunter Class frigate program welcomes workforce milestone
BAE Systems Australia subsidiary ASC Shipbuilding has welcomed its 1,000th employee to the Hunter Class frigate program, as it progresses towards pro...
10 Dec 2020
Future shipbuilding workforce gains invaluable industry experience
Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price has announced more than 30 engineering students will receive valuable work experience with Defence and some of...

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