BAE Systems Hunter Class Frigate Program

Hunter program September 2021 update


The Hunter Class Frigate Program is making strong progress towards the delivery of a superior anti-submarine warfare capability for the Royal Australian Navy.

  • Prototyping commenced in December 2020 as planned, two major design milestones (Systems Definition Review and Design Separation) are expected to occur this year and the program is exceeding its Australian Contract Expenditure targets with contracts continuing to be placed with Australian industry. 
  • Prototyping will enable processes, systems, tools, facilities and workforce competencies to be tested and refined, providing a solid operational foundation ahead of construction commencing on first of class.
  • Construction of the first unit within Block 16 is well underway. The unit is currently pulsing between work stations in Building 20. When it is completed, the unit will be moved into Building 21 where it will form part of a block.

Watch the block build process here.

  • Currently more than 1,300 people are working on the Hunter program.
  • We continue to mature the Hunter class frigate design in close collaboration with our Customer, the Department of Defence, and our combat systems partners, Lockheed Martin Australia and Saab Australia.
  • We continue to engage with Australian industry and our Original Equipment Manufacturers in order to maximise Australian industrial capability. We are placing contracts with Australian businesses and testing and maturing supply chain solutions for the program’s manufacturing phase. 
  • A significant technology and knowledge transfer body of work is underway to bring the design, processes, IP, supply chain and knowledge from the Type 26 program in the UK to Australia, building Continuous Naval Shipbuilding and sovereign shipbuilding capability.
  • We continue to invest in research and technology, and are collaborating with academics, researchers and small and medium enterprises to develop, test and trial advanced manufacturing processes and techniques that will lead to productivity, quality and safety outcomes at the Osborne shipyard.


A word from Craig Lockhart, Managing Director, BAE Systems Maritime Australia

Read here.


More Australian suppliers involved

Read the latest update here.


Collaboration key to innovation

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Hunter Update

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Project Background

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Project at a glance


ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA Australia, NI, SI New Zealand
Preferred Tenderer
BAE SYSTEMS AUSTRALIA LIMITED

Contact Details


Ariane Lopes
Supply Chain Manager Defence ICNSA
+61 435 962 688
Michele Galeano
Head of Australian Industry Capability
Esther Roberts
Industry Capability Manager
Neil Campbell
Project Manager - Cat D
Cheryl Velautham
Head of Major Subcontracts - Combat Systems
Joseph Cardillo
Head of Major Subcontracts - Cat A&B
Greg Keen
Procurement Manager - AIC
Sam Metz
Senior Manager - Cat C
Andy Goode (UK)
Program Manager, Supply Chain (UK)
Josh Halman
Combat Systems Manager AIC
Matthew Critchley
Head of Major Subcontracts - Platform Equipment

Work Package
Documents
Full Scope EOI
Partial Scope EOI
Status
Accordian collapse

01. Industry Update

Create EOICloses: 26 Oct 2021
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Accordian collapse

100. Hull Structure - Fabrication & Raw

Closed: 21 Sep 2020
  Awarded
Closed: 30 Apr 2019
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Closed: 10 Sep 2021
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Closed: 28 Sep 2020
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Closed: 02 Oct 2020
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AccordianPlus CAT C - Stern Tubes
Closed: 14 Aug 2020
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Accordian collapse

200. Propulsion Plant

Closed: 08 Nov 2019
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Accordian collapse

300. Electric Plant

Closed: 19 Oct 2020
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Closed: 16 Nov 2020
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Closed: 30 Apr 2019
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Closed: 07 Oct 2021
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Closed: 17 Sep 2021
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Closed: 27 Aug 2021
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Accordian collapse

400. Command & Surveillance

Closed: 23 May 2020
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Accordian collapse

500. Auxiliary Systems

Closed: 26 Feb 2021
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Closed: 01 Oct 2021
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Closed: 08 Nov 2019
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Closed: 01 Nov 2019
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Closed: 12 Mar 2021
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Accordian collapse

600. Outfit and Furnishings

AccordianPlus CAT C - Fasteners
Closed: 11 Nov 2019
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AccordianPlus CAT C - Gaskets
Closed: 16 Oct 2020
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Closed: 20 Nov 2019
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Closed: 19 Oct 2020
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AccordianPlus CAT C - Pipe GRE
Closed: 14 Feb 2020
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Closed: 21 Oct 2019
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Closed: 06 Dec 2019
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Closed: 15 Nov 2019
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Closed: 15 Mar 2021
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Closed: 26 Feb 2021
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Closed: 11 Jan 2021
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Closed: 29 Jan 2021
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Closed: 09 Apr 2021
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Closed: 31 Dec 2020
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Closed: 31 May 2019
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Closed: 16 Apr 2021
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Closed: 16 Apr 2021
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Closed: 07 May 2021
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Closed: 10 May 2021
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AccordianPlus CAT C - Data Cables
Closed: 16 Apr 2021
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Closed: 24 Jan 2021
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Closed: 24 Feb 2021
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Closed: 12 Mar 2021
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Closed: 06 Sep 2021
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Closed: 04 Feb 2020
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Closed: 20 Sep 2021
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AccordianPlus CAT C - GRP Ladders
Closed: 14 Feb 2020
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AccordianPlus CAT C - Heatshrink
Closed: 09 Apr 2021
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Closed: 11 May 2021
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Closed: 24 Sep 2021
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Closed: 17 Sep 2021
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Closed: 13 Sep 2021
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Closed: 11 Mar 2021
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Closed: 02 Sep 2019
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Closed: 03 Aug 2021
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Closed: 18 Mar 2021
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Closed: 12 Oct 2021
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Closed: 07 Oct 2021
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Closed: 17 Sep 2021
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Closed: 14 Feb 2020
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Closed: 17 Sep 2021
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Closed: 11 May 2021
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AccordianPlus CAT C - Shredders
Closed: 18 Mar 2021
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Closed: 28 Apr 2021
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AccordianPlus CAT C - Smoke Curtains
Closed: 15 Oct 2021
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Closed: 05 Jul 2021
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AccordianPlus CAT C - Stanchions
Closed: 20 Dec 2019
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Closed: 30 Sep 2020
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AccordianPlus CAT C - Step Covers
Closed: 10 May 2021
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Closed: 16 Apr 2021
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AccordianPlus CAT C - Treadplates
Closed: 17 Sep 2019
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Closed: 17 Sep 2021
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Closed: 28 Jun 2019
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Closed: 05 Dec 2019
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Closed: 10 Mar 2021
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Accordian collapse

700. Armament

Closed: 08 May 2020
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Closed: 03 Apr 2020
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Accordian collapse

800. Integration / Engineering

Closed: 05 Oct 2021
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Accordian collapse

900. Ship Assembly and Support Services

Closed: 25 Nov 2019
  Awarded
AccordianPlus CAT C - Cable Securing
Closed: 22 Nov 2019
  Awarded
Closed: 13 Sep 2019
  Awarded
Closed: 27 Sep 2019
  Awarded
Closed: 09 Apr 2021
  Closed
Accordian collapse

Combat Systems

Closed: 18 Jun 2021
  Closed
Accordian collapse

General Opportunities

Create EOICloses: 30 Sep 2022
  Open
Closed: 29 Jul 2020
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Closed: 15 Apr 2021
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Closed: 01 Nov 2020
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Accordian collapse

OEM in Country Support

Closed: 22 Jul 2020
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Closed: 22 Jul 2020
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Closed: 22 Jul 2020
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Closed: 22 Jul 2020
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Closed: 22 Jul 2020
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Closed: 29 Sep 2020
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AccordianPlus GEA - Control Panel
Closed: 29 Sep 2020
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Closed: 29 Sep 2020
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Closed: 31 Jul 2020
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Closed: 31 Jul 2020
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Closed: 31 Jul 2020
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Closed: 31 Mar 2020
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Closed: 31 Mar 2020
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AccordianPlus Renold - Casting
Closed: 21 Aug 2020
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AccordianPlus Renold - CNC Machining
Closed: 21 Aug 2020
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Closed: 21 Aug 2020
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AccordianPlus Renold - Painting
Closed: 21 Aug 2020
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Closed: 21 Aug 2020
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Closed: 02 Dec 2019
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Closed: 02 Dec 2019
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Closed: 02 Dec 2019
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Closed: 02 Dec 2019
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Closed: 02 Dec 2019
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Closed: 02 Dec 2019
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Closed: 02 Dec 2019
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Closed: 02 Dec 2019
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Closed: 02 Dec 2019
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Closed: 02 Dec 2019
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Closed: 02 Oct 2020
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Closed: 02 Oct 2020
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Closed: 02 Oct 2020
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Closed: 02 Oct 2020
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Closed: 02 Oct 2020
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Accordian collapse

Research and Technology

Closed: 27 Nov 2019
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Closed: 27 Nov 2019
  Awarded
Closed: 29 Jan 2021
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Closed: 31 Dec 2019
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Closed: 15 Mar 2021
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Closed: 29 Jan 2021
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Accordian collapse

Services and Supply Chain Support

Closed: 03 Apr 2020
  Closed
Closed: 15 Mar 2019
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Accordian collapse

Shipyard Services

Closed: 31 Jan 2019
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Closed: 14 Feb 2020
  Closed
Note: The closing date/s for expressions of interest are subject to change.