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   1. INNOVATION CHALLENGE-DIGITAL SHIPYARD TRACK AND TRACE IN THE AGE OF I4.0    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
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DOCS FULL
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PARTIAL
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Augmented Industry 4.0 heavy manufacturing at the work cell.23 Oct 1927 Nov 19 
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 1927 Nov 19 
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   200. PROPULSION PLANT     ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
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CAT C - Mechanical Compression Pipe Couplings10 Oct 198 Nov 19 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply ships with Mechanical Compression Pipe Couplings for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
STATUS   500. AUXILIARY SYSTEMS    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
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CAT C - Pipe Couplings - Axial Grip Type15 Oct 198 Nov 19 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply ships with Pipe Couplings - Axial Grip Type for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
CAT C - Push Fit Pipework10 Oct 191 Nov 19 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply ships with Push Fit Pipework for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
STATUS   600. OUTFIT AND FURNISHINGS     ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
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CAT D - Provision of Outfit Accommodation Supply and Installation Services8 Nov 1929 Nov 19 
ASC Shipbuilding are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Outfit Accommodation Supply and Installation Services to support the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
CAT C - Fasteners22 May 1911 Nov 19 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply ships fasteners with VMI for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP). Fastener list is published above in 'Project Documents'.
CAT C - Manhole and Access Panel Gaskets22 May 192 Sep 19 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply ships with manholes and access panel gaskets for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
CAT C - Metallic Pipes and Fittings2 Jul 1928 Oct 19 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply ships with metallic pipe & fittings for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
CAT C - Pipe Support Manacles29 May 1921 Oct 19 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply ships with Pipe Support Manacles for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
CAT C - Treadplates2 May 1917 Sep 19 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply ships with treadplates for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP). Please see attached Capability SOW for details.
CAT C - Weld Studs Outfit30 May 1915 Nov 19 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply ships weld studs - outfit with VMI for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
CAT C - Wholeship Eyeplates30 May 1917 Sep 19 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply ships with wholeship eyeplates for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
STATUS   900. SHIP ASSEMBLY AND SUPPORT SERVICES    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
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CAT C - Cable Identification8 Nov 1922 Nov 19 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply cable identification product for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
CAT C - Cable Securing8 Nov 1922 Nov 19 
BAE Systems are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply cable securing product for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
CAT D - Provision of Blast and Paint Services13 Aug 1913 Sep 19 
ASC Shipbuilding are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to supply Blast and Paint Services for the Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).
CAT D - Provision of Non Destructive Examination Services13 Aug 1927 Sep 19 
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   MISCELLANEOUS    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
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BAE Systems SEA 5000 - Any Opportunities26 Sep 1626 Sep 21 
Express interest for any opportunities that may arise for this project.
STATUS   RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY    ▲ CONTRACT OPENS FULL
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Research and Technology Program12 Mar 1931 Dec 19 
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
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Air Eliminator Valves18 Oct 191 Nov 19 
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 191 Nov 19 
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 191 Nov 19 
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 191 Nov 19 
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 191 Nov 19 
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 191 Nov 19 
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 191 Nov 19 
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 191 Nov 19 
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 191 Nov 19 
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 191 Nov 19 
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.