BAE Systems Hunter Class Frigate Program



Contact Details


  Samantha Van Bochove
  +61 8 8303 2046
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  Bettina Venner
  +61 8 8303 2056
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  Jeff Camburn, ICN SA
  +61 8 8303 2054
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  Locations: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA Australia, NI, SI New Zealand
  Project Status: Preferred Tenderer
  Project Owner BAE SYSTEMS AUSTRALIA LIMITED

Project Details


In June 2018 the Australian Government (“the Commonwealth”) announced that BAE Systems was selected as the preferred tenderer for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP) to deliver nine anti-submarine warfare frigates to the Royal Australian Navy.

The Commonwealth announced at the same time that ASC Shipbuilding would become a subsidiary of BAE Systems Australia Ltd, and that through BAE Systems, ASC Shipbuilding would be responsible for the delivery of the future frigates.

The first phase of the Head Contract is known as the Design and Productionisation (D&P) Phase. During the D&P Phase we will publish further details of the Hunter program’s Australian Industry Capability (AIC) strategy.

The AIC strategy will seek to:

  • develop workforce capabilities in design and engineering, combat systems, program management, production and supply chain management
  • maximise opportunities for Australian suppliers, including supplying systems, and equipment and initiatives to nurture and grow small-to-medium sized businesses
  • transfer technology and intellectual property to Australia
  • invest in infrastructure and early careers programs
  • conduct Research and Development (R&D) and develop export prospects
  • create opportunities for indigenous suppliers and indigenous employment.

Future opportunities

During the D&P Phase significant opportunities for Australian suppliers to participate in the HCFP will be created. The two key milestones during this phase are the commencement of prototyping in 2020 and cutting steel on the first ship in 2022.

In order to ensure industry involvement we will continue engaging with industry and market testing through a variety of activities.

We are also encouraging the OEMs on the Type 26 Reference Ship Design to continue their industry engagement, assessing local industry capabilities and conducting market testing. Our Global Access Program and supply chain organisation will continue to facilitate and support this.


This ICN portal will continue to be used as the vehicle for registering expressions of interest and posting all non-export controlled work packages available to Australian industry and supporting pre-qualification activities.


Upcoming engagement events

We will also use the ICN email notifications to notify registered organisations of planned events here that they may find appropriate.


Registering interest and pre-qualification


If you have previously registered on ICN, you do not need to re-register, providing your information is up to date. However, if not, you may wish to register your interest against the category outlined below so we can contact you when applicable work packages are released.

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Funding and cash flow programs available to assist private, mid-market and family businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19.

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Key points for businesses:

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Work Packages


To submit an expression of interest, select the icon next to the work package scope you are interested in.
Note: The closing date/s for expressions of interest shown below are subject to change.

OPEN LISTINGS    AWARDED    CLOSED LISTINGS    OTHER
OPEN FOR EOI    INCOMPLETE EOI    EOI COMPLETED
STATUS   600. OUTFIT AND FURNISHINGS     ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
SCOPE
CLOSES
PARTIAL
SCOPE
CLOSES
DOCS FULL
SCOPE
EOI
PARTIAL
SCOPE
EOI
CAT D - Provision of Deck Coverings Supply and Installation Services10 Mar 202017 Apr 2020 
CAT D - Provision of Deck Coverings Supply and Installation Services - see attached scope of work. Responses to the pre-qualification requirements and capability questionnaire are to be provided in the online EOI form.
CAT D - Provision of Insulation Supply and Installation Services10 Mar 202017 Apr 2020 
Provision of Insulation Supply and Installation Services - see attached scope of work. Responses to the pre-qualification requirements and capability questionnaire are to be provided in the online EOI form.
CAT C - Flowforge Gratings29 Nov 201904 Feb 2020 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply Flowforge Gratings for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
CAT C - GRP Ladders08 May 201914 Feb 2020 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply ships with GRP Ladders for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP). Please see attached SOW for details
CAT C - Phenolic Gratings22 May 201914 Feb 2020 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply ships with phenolic gratings for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
CAT C - Pipe GRE02 Jul 201914 Feb 2020 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply ships with Pipe GRE
for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
STATUS   700. ARMAMENT    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
SCOPE
CLOSES
PARTIAL
SCOPE
CLOSES
DOCS FULL
SCOPE
EOI
PARTIAL
SCOPE
EOI
Torpedo Launch System16 Mar 202003 Apr 2020 
ASC Shipbuilding are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the delivery of a Torpedo Launch System to support the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP). ASC Shipbuilding has been contracted to design and build the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) future frigates.
STATUS   KONGSBERG MARITIME    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
SCOPE
CLOSES
PARTIAL
SCOPE
CLOSES
DOCS FULL
SCOPE
EOI
PARTIAL
SCOPE
EOI
Fin Stabiliser and Steering Gear Assembly and Test02 Mar 202031 Mar 2020 
Fin Stabiliser / Steering Gear Assembly & Test - partnering arrangement
Fin Stabiliser and Steering Gear Castings02 Mar 202031 Mar 2020 
Fin Stabiliser / Steering Gear Castings - partnering arrangement
Fin Stabiliser and Steering Gear Forgings02 Mar 202031 Mar 2020 
Fin Stabiliser / Steering Gear Forgings - partnering arrangement
Fin Stabiliser and Steering Gear Major Fabrications02 Mar 202031 Mar 2020 
Fin Stabiliser / Steering Gear Major Fabrications - partnering arrangement
Fin Stabiliser / Steering Gear Hydraulic Power Units02 Mar 202031 Mar 2020 
Fin Stabiliser and Steering Gear hydraulic power units and associated equipment - build to print - partnering arrangement.
Fixed Bolted Propeller02 Mar 202031 Mar 2020 
Supply of fixed bolted propellers - partnering arrangement.
RAS Sliding High Point02 Mar 202031 Mar 2020 
Build to print RAS (replenishment at sea) Sliding High Points - partnering arrangement.
STATUS   MISCELLANEOUS    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
SCOPE
CLOSES
PARTIAL
SCOPE
CLOSES
DOCS FULL
SCOPE
EOI
PARTIAL
SCOPE
EOI
BAE Systems SEA 5000 - Any Opportunities26 Sep 201626 Sep 2021 
Express interest for any opportunities that may arise for this project.
STATUS   SERVICES AND SUPPLY CHAIN SUPPORT    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
SCOPE
CLOSES
PARTIAL
SCOPE
CLOSES
DOCS FULL
SCOPE
EOI
PARTIAL
SCOPE
EOI
Provision of Cyber Security Services11 Feb 202003 Apr 2020 
BAE Systems Australia is seeking expressions of interest from Australian-owned cyber security businesses to explore requirements and potential provision of cyber services to the Hunter Class Frigate Program and its Supply Chain.
STATUS   SHIPYARD SERVICES    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
SCOPE
CLOSES
PARTIAL
SCOPE
CLOSES
DOCS FULL
SCOPE
EOI
PARTIAL
SCOPE
EOI
Welding Equipment and Welding Equipment Spares23 Jan 202014 Feb 2020 
BAE Systems / ASC Shipbuilding are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply Welding Equipment and Welding Equipment Spares for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).