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.
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 prequalification 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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