BAE Systems Hunter Class Frigate Program



Contact Details


  Jeremy Satchell
  +61 8 8429 2990
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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
  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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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   100. HULL STRUCTURE - FABRICATION & RAW    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
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CLOSES
PARTIAL
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CLOSES
DOCS FULL
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EOI
PARTIAL
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EOI
CAT C - Profiled Tee and Beam Sections21 Nov 201906 Dec 2019 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply ships with structural steel (Tee and Beam Sections) for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
STATUS   1. INNOVATION CHALLENGE-DIGITAL SHIPYARD TRACK AND TRACE IN THE AGE OF I4.0    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
SCOPE
CLOSES
PARTIAL
SCOPE
CLOSES
DOCS FULL
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EOI
PARTIAL
SCOPE
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Augmented Industry 4.0 heavy manufacturing at the work cell.23 Oct 201927 Nov 2019 
Cell level digital confirmation of asset identity. Cell level digital confirmation of location. Enabler for digital integration into manufacturing systems (people, machines, instructions, performance) at a shipyard.
Shipyard-level location and condition.23 Oct 201927 Nov 2019 
Parts, sub-assemblies, tools, equipment location tracking & condition monitoring. Can encompass real-time-location-systems and industrial-internet-of-things sensors to provide a holistic dataset for visualisation. Solutions for wearables and cyber security.
STATUS   600. OUTFIT AND FURNISHINGS     ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
SCOPE
CLOSES
PARTIAL
SCOPE
CLOSES
DOCS FULL
SCOPE
EOI
PARTIAL
SCOPE
EOI
CAT C - Fire Extinguisher Brackets Stowages and Lifebuoy Release Units21 Nov 201910 Dec 2019 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply Fire Extinguisher Brackets, Stowages & Lifebuoy Release Units for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
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).
CAT C - Stanchions03 Dec 201920 Dec 2019 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply ships with Steel Stanchions for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
CAT C - Wholeship Eyeplates30 May 201905 Dec 2019 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply ships with wholeship eyeplates for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
CAT D - Provision of Outfit Accommodation Supply and Installation Services08 Nov 201923 Dec 2019 
ASC Shipbuilding are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Outfit Accommodation Supply and Installation Services to support the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
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   RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
SCOPE
CLOSES
PARTIAL
SCOPE
CLOSES
DOCS FULL
SCOPE
EOI
PARTIAL
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Research and Technology Program12 Mar 201931 Dec 2019 
BAE Systems Australia is seeking expressions of interest from industry to participate in a Research and Technology program which supports the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP). This program will support and underpin future innovation activities associated with continuous naval shipbuilding.
STATUS   SCORE MARINE - WHOLESHIP VALVES    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
SCOPE
CLOSES
PARTIAL
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CLOSES
DOCS FULL
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EOI
PARTIAL
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Air Eliminator Valves18 Oct 201902 Dec 2019 
The scope of supply is for various different types and sizes of Air Eliminator Valves for use on the Hunter Class - Global Combat Ship
Air Vent Head Valves18 Oct 201902 Dec 2019 
The scope of supply is for various different types and sizes of Air Vent Head Valves for use on the Hunter Class - Global Combat Ship.
Auto Air Escape Valves18 Oct 201902 Dec 2019 
The scope of supply is for various different types and sizes of Auto Air Escape Valves for use on the Hunter Class - Global Combat Ship.
Hydrant Valves18 Oct 201902 Dec 2019 
The scope of supply is for various different types and sizes of Hydrant Valves for use on the Hunter Class - Global Combat Ship.
Manual Operated Ball Valves18 Oct 201902 Dec 2019 
The scope of supply is for various different types and sizes of Manual Operated Ball Valves for use on the Hunter Class - Global Combat Ship.
Manual Operated Butterfly Valves18 Oct 201902 Dec 2019 
The scope of supply is for various different types and sizes of Manual Operated Butterfly Valves for use on the Hunter Class - Global Combat Ship.
Non Return Plug Valves18 Oct 201902 Dec 2019 
The scope of supply is for various different types and sizes of Non Return Plug Valves for use on the Hunter Class - Global Combat Ship.
Non Return Valves18 Oct 201902 Dec 2019 
The scope of supply is for various different types and sizes of Non Return Valves for use on the Hunter Class - Global Combat Ship.
Sounding Cock Valves18 Oct 201902 Dec 2019 
The scope of supply is for various different types and sizes of Sounding Cock Valves for use on the Hunter Class - Global Combat Ship.
Storm Non Return Valves18 Oct 201902 Dec 2019 
The scope of supply is for various different types and sizes of Storm Non Return Valves for use on the Hunter Class - Global Combat Ship.
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).