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Aussie SME partners with French specialists to support RAN

Aussie SME partners with French specialists to support RAN

Australian SME HI Fraser has confirmed an industrial collaboration with French-based Fapmo and will provide specialist maintenance support on Fapmo pumps installed on the Royal Australian Navy’s Hobart Class vessels.

Australian SME HI Fraser has confirmed an industrial collaboration with French-based Fapmo and will provide specialist maintenance support on Fapmo pumps installed on the Royal Australian Navy’s Hobart Class vessels.

Fapmo and HI Fraser have announced a maintenance agreement has been signed for HI Fraser to provide specialist maintenance support to the Fapmo pumps installed on the Australian Navy’s DDG warships.

The agreement is the next step in the growing relationship between Fapmo and HI Fraser. The agreement is also a building block demonstrating the development of Australian industry capability that positions both companies for future build programs including Attack Class submarines and Hunter Class frigates. 


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 per cent 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.

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, benefiting from the 48,000 tonnes of steel required to build the ships.

The Attack Class submarines will be delivered as part of the $50 billion SEA 1000 Future Submarine program.

Naval Group will build 12 regionally-superior submarines to the Royal Australian Navy. Naval Group's successful Shortfin Barracuda design, which serves as the basis for the new Attack Class, is a conventionally-powered variant of the nuclear-powered Barracuda fast attack submarine currently under construction for the French Navy.

Lockheed Martin will provide the AN/BYG-1 Combat control System, which provides an open-architecture submarine combat control system for analysing and tracking submarine and surface-ship contacts, providing situational awareness as well as the capability to target and employ torpedoes and missiles.

The 12 vessels will be built by Naval Group at a specialist submarine shipyard at Osborne, South Australia. The Commonwealth government’s Australian Naval Infrastructure (ANI) program will support the development of the future submarine shipyards.

The Commonwealth government formally signed the strategic partnering agreement (SPA) with Naval Group in February 2019 ahead of confirming the final design specifications and requirements for the Attack Class submarines.

Fapmo is located in Outreau North of France. Fapmo designs, manufactures and markets centrifugal pumps for clear and slurry liquids geared towards varying industrial sectors.

Today, thanks to their technical know-how and constant collaboration with its customers all over the world, Fapmo is able to guarantee high technical assistance with each project submitted.

With a wealth of experience behind them, Fapmo is capable of adapting to all requirements and constraints and submit to its customers appropriate technical solutions.

With headquarters in Sydney and facilities in Perth, HI Fraser is a privately owned Australian company, specialising in gas, liquid and waste system supply, design, build, maintenance and certification. The company has been operating for over 60 years, with the current ownership beginning in 1989.

Stephen Kuper

Stephen Kuper

Steve has an extensive career across government, defence industry and advocacy, having previously worked for cabinet ministers at both Federal and State levels.

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