BAE Systems is hosting Australian companies looking to grow their businesses and participate in global defence programs with an industry delegation trip to Glasgow.
Supporting the Team Defence Australia trade mission, around 50 business leaders from across the nation will be briefed on current and future shipbuilding projects in the UK and see how manufacturing of the first Type 26 Global Combat Ship for the Royal Navy is progressing when they tour BAE Systems’ shipyard on the River Clyde.
The industry representatives will also get an insight into BAE Systems’ ‘digital shipbuilding’ processes and methodologies, giving them an understanding of how these translate to ship construction.
BAE Systems said the digital technology being showcased during the trade mission will demonstrate how every aspect of a ship can be ‘live and accessible’ to all involved in the design, build and maintenance, operation and future upgrades of the ships during their many decades of service.
"This trade mission aims to do two key things. Firstly, it will provide Australian industry with greater insight into how technology within BAE Systems is revolutionising shipbuilding. And, secondly, it will open the door to global defence opportunities in the maritime domain," said BAE Systems SEA 5000 managing director Nigel Stewart.
"BAE Systems has committed to opening up its annual supply chain expenditure of more than $18 billion to Australian industry. If we can help, support or work alongside industry or provide new opportunities to grow their businesses, the end result is a stronger, more sustainable national defence industry."
BAE Systems has proposed the Global Combat Ship-Australia to replace the ageing Anzac Class frigates as part of the government’s Future Frigate program, SEA 5000. The GCS-A design is up against Fincantieri's FREMM and Navantia's F-5000.