BAE Systems Hunter Class Frigate Program



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Ariane Lopes
Supply Chain Manager Defence ICNSA
+61 435 962 688
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Jeff Camburn, ICN SA
+61 8 8303 2054
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Samantha Van Bochove
+61 8 8303 2046
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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


Hunter Class Frigate Program remains on target

A word from Craig Lockhart, Managing Director ASC Shipbuilding:

"ASC Shipbuilding is committed to maximising Australian Industry Capability (AIC) on the Hunter Class Frigate Program and in doing so contributing to a Continuous Naval Shipbuilding capability in Australia.


Our strategy for delivering AIC over the life of the program is one that we are confident can be achieved, and is designed to deliver over time the exact type of capability that is necessary for Australia to have a sovereign shipbuilding industry.


I have read some media coverage recently that suggests Australian businesses have been locked out of contracts on the Hunter program. This is inaccurate and does not reflect the approach that we are taking with the Commonwealth to provide opportunities for Australian industry, and the approach we have consistently discussed with the many companies that make up our defence industry.


At this point in time, there are a number of cases where specific equipment or systems required for the Hunter Class are not currently designed in Australia.


In these specific cases we have made the decision with the Commonwealth to appoint suppliers to the first batch of ships that, while not Australian, can deliver the capability that is required first and foremost, avoiding putting schedule at risk.


In the cases where an Australian company has not been appointed we have instructed the original equipment manufacturers to develop plans to maximise the use of Australian industry in the design, manufacture, testing and installation of their equipment and systems during Batch 1.
If an Australian company is not involved in Batch 1, it does not mean they will not be involved on Batches 2 or 3. We are confident that our approach to growing capability in Australia’s industry will see a growing proportion of Australian companies contracted to the program over the life of the program, ultimately gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver what is needed on Hunter and to help to grow a sovereign shipbuilding industry.


In addition to growing opportunities for Australian companies with our original equipment manufacturers, we have recently placed the contract for Australian steel for the program’s prototyping phase, which will commence at the end of the year as planned.


In the coming weeks and months we will award more contracts to Australian businesses for materials and services required for prototyping, and there will be contracts, too, for local companies helping us develop advanced manufacturing processes that will be deployed at the world class digital shipyard at Osborne.


In May we engaged with hundreds of you via a live webinar, discussing supply chain processes and opportunities, and we look forward to engaging with you again next month. We will distribute more details on this in the coming week or two.


Today we have also uploaded a pack containing more detail on AIC opportunities.


As always, if you have any questions then please reach out to members of our Supply Chain team.


We look forward to continuing to work with you."


Craig Lockhart
Managing Director, ASC Shipbuilding
BAE Systems Australia


Australian Industry Capability (AIC) opportunities


ASC Shipbuilding is committed to maximising AIC through the HCFP. To support this commitment, ASC Shipbuilding has created a supplementary ICN page with intent to update industry by publishing a quarterly update, which is in addition to the series of planned webinars.

This quarterly update can be viewed HERE and will include:

  • Commitments to maximise AIC
  • Contribution to Continuous Naval Shipbuilding
  • Work package category definitions
  • Forecast Request for Proposal (RFP) release dates
  • Expectations for OEM responses to issued RFPs
  • Details on recent, and planned, industry engagement sessions
  • Contact details to help you arrange an industry engagement session with ASC Shipbuilding
  • ASC Shipbuilding also plans to update industry on successful partnerships between OEMs and industry for supply into the HCFP.


Industry Engagement overview


To demonstrate ASC Shipbuilding's commitment to engaging with Australian industry, click HERE to see the list of engagements they have already conducted with OEMs and SMEs, including a current list of RFP issues to date.

Don’t miss the opportunity for engagement with ASC Shipbuilding! See the above link to contact ASC Shipbuilding for your chance to talk with us about AIC or the HCFP.


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 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.


Click HERE to read all about the Hunter Class Frigate Program at our BAE Systems Australia newsroom.


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 continue to advise of HCFP engagement events through ICN email notifications.

To ensure you are kept up to date, please make sure you have a registered account with the ICN against the HCFP.

If you aren’t registered with the ICN, please click the link HERE to begin the registration process.


Registering interest against a work package and pre-qualification


If you have previously registered through the ICN, you do not need to re-register, providing your information is up to date.

You may wish to register your interest against a specific category outlined below, so we can contact you when applicable work packages are released.

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Work Packages


To edit or submit an expression of interest, select the icon next to the package 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    INCOMPLETE    COMPLETE

STANDARD LISTINGS        ▲ CONTRACT
STATUS   100. HULL STRUCTURE - FABRICATION & RAW    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
SCOPE
CLOSES
PARTIAL
SCOPE
CLOSES
DOCS FULL
SCOPE
EOI
PARTIAL
SCOPE
EOI
CAT C - Stern Tubes07 Jul 202014 Aug 2020 
 
The Stern Tubes are designed to be welded into the hull structure and all welds shall be full penetration welds. For additional information, please refer to the attached scope of work.
STATUS   400. COMMAND & SURVEILLANCE    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
SCOPE
CLOSES
PARTIAL
SCOPE
CLOSES
DOCS FULL
SCOPE
EOI
PARTIAL
SCOPE
EOI
Provision of Digital Underwater Communications Capability13 May 202023 May 2020 
  
The following capabilities and components are required:
. Hydro Acoustic Information Link (HAIL),
. Multi-channel Acoustic Signalling QoS (MASQ),
. Interoperability with the Collins Class Submarine Tracking Subsystem,
. A standalone transducer or transducers suitable for installation within the Hunter Class Frigate bow sonar dome, and non-interfering with the existing hull mounted sonar array,
. Inboard components to operate the chosen send/receive component, including HMI and data interfaces,
. Integration with platform services and
. Integration with combat systems.

The DUWC supplier shall perform all activities necessary to manage, design, develop, construct, integrate, test, deliver, install and obtain Certification and Acceptance of the Supplies by ASC Shipbuilding.
STATUS   600. OUTFIT AND FURNISHINGS     ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
SCOPE
CLOSES
PARTIAL
SCOPE
CLOSES
DOCS FULL
SCOPE
EOI
PARTIAL
SCOPE
EOI
CAT C - Stanchions and Guardrails30 Jul 202030 Sep 2020 
 
The purpose of the Capability Questionnaire is to establish the feasibility of prospective industrial partners to provide external Guardrails, Stanchions and Parafil Guardwires to ASC Shipbuilding for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
STATUS   900. SHIP ASSEMBLY AND SUPPORT SERVICES    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
SCOPE
CLOSES
PARTIAL
SCOPE
CLOSES
DOCS FULL
SCOPE
EOI
PARTIAL
SCOPE
EOI
CAT D - Provision of Non Destructive Examination Services13 Aug 201927 Sep 2019 
  
ASC Shipbuilding are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply onsite and external Non Destructive Examination Services for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
STATUS   EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
SCOPE
CLOSES
PARTIAL
SCOPE
CLOSES
DOCS FULL
SCOPE
EOI
PARTIAL
SCOPE
EOI
ASC Shipbuilding - Shock Vibration and Noise Testing15 Jul 202029 Jul 2020 
  
ASC Shipbuilding Pty Ltd as shipbuilders for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP) are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Australian industry to ascertain the current level of Australian capability to provide Shock Vibration and Noise testing to support delivery of the HCFP and other shipbuilding programs. Please note, EOI should be lodged in word format before 4.00pm (Australian Central Standard Time) on 29th July 2020. More information in the attached document.
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   OEM IN COUNTRY SUPPORT    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
SCOPE
CLOSES
PARTIAL
SCOPE
CLOSES
DOCS FULL
SCOPE
EOI
PARTIAL
SCOPE
EOI
Renold - Casting07 Aug 202021 Aug 2020 
 
Renold are looking for a company to supply large castings used for the inner members, outer members and cardan shaft components of the coupling. Please find more information in the attached document.
Renold - CNC Machining07 Aug 202021 Aug 2020 
 
Renold are looking into the possibility for a company to undertake the machining of various components for the flexible coupling, including inner members, outer members, plates and shafts. Please find more information in the attached document.
Renold - Non-destructive testing (NDT)07 Aug 202021 Aug 2020 
 
Renold are looking into the possibility of a company performing on-site non-destructive testing on cast materials and machined components. Please find more information in the attached document.
Renold - Painting07 Aug 202021 Aug 2020 
 
Renold are looking into the possibility for a company to form part of an Australian based supply chain, painting individual components prior to assembly at their own controlled facility. Please find more information in the attached document.
Renold - Plate/Bar Supply07 Aug 202021 Aug 2020 
 
Renold are looking into the possibility for someone to provide material both for plate components, as well as bar suppliers for hardware machining. Please find more information in the attached document.
Aerius Marine - Design resource23 Jun 202022 Jul 2020 
  
Provision of experienced Detail Design Engineers for 3D System Modelling & Production outputs (piping or HVAC)
Aerius Marine - Ductwork fabrication and Supply23 Jun 202022 Jul 2020 
  
Ventilation duct - rectangular / circular steel, Rectingular light gauge steel, Spiral Wound
Aerius Marine - Electrical Control Panels23 Jun 202022 Jul 2020 
  
Provision of Electrical Control panels, Control Units & Junction Boxes to interface & Control designated equipment
Aerius Marine - HVAC Air Diffusers and sheet metal componentry23 Jun 202022 Jul 2020 
  
HVAC Air Diffusion Equipment, Sheet Metal Componentry (various items) and Fabricated Items
Aerius Marine - ILS Documentation and Naval Engineering Services23 Jun 202022 Jul 2020 
  
Provision of services to provide Naval Integrated Logistical Support documentation and Naval Engineering Documentation
Aerius Marine - Logistics and Warehousing provision23 Jun 202022 Jul 2020 
  
International Logistics provider who can fully manage and co-ordinate all warehousing and import/export requirements for equipment and manufactured material
Aerius Marine - Shipbuilding trade persons resource23 Jun 202022 Jul 2020 
  
Provision of experienced HVAC, Piping, Electrical and outfit trade persons and supervisors, ideally with experience of the Naval or Shipping sector.
Johnson Controls - Water Chiller Baseframe14 Jul 202031 Jul 2020 
  
The Water Chiller Baseframe is a build to print design. The water chiller baseframe is an open structural rectangular frame fabricated from carbon steel beam sections and steel plate. The competed frame has overall dimensions of approximately 4900mm x 2100mm with an overall weight of approx. 1800kg. More information in the attached document.
Johnson Controls - Water Chiller Electrical Panel14 Jul 202031 Jul 2020 
  
The Water Chiller Electrical Panel is a build to print design. The enclosure is fabricated from welded box steel sections with a painted steel sheet/plate exterior attached to a thick, solid steel base plate. More information in the attached document.
Johnson Controls - Water Chiller Heat Exchangers14 Jul 202031 Jul 2020 
  
The HCFP chillers will be based on the existing Type 26 chiller design with Australian engineering input to enable local fabrication and the use of COTS components available in Australia. The Water Chiller Heat Exchangers are a build to print design. More information in the attached document.