"The Australian Government has granted First Pass approval to extend the service life for Navys Huon Class Minehunter Coastal vessels. The Huon class were built by Thales Australia, formerly ADI, and were introduced into service in the early 2000s. The Huon Class have proven highly capable, supporting Defences international engagement strategy through participation in exercises and operations to secure our sea lanes and disposing of Second World War explosive remnants, and they will continue to serve Australia for years to come. Minehunters play a vital role in protecting Australias ships, harbours and infrastructure from the threat of sea mines.
The Australian Defence industry along with small to medium enterprises locally and internationally will be heavily involved in the future of the platforms. Thales Australia is tendering to deliver the SEA1179 Phase 1 (SEA 1179 PHASE 1 MINEHUNTER COASTAL SERVICE LIFE EXTENSION AND CAPABILITY ASSURANCE PROGRAM) and negotiations are underway to act as the Prime Systems Integrator to deliver the project. Under Thales's lead there will be potential opportunities for Australian and other companies globally to support the Minehunters through their service life.
The aim of this project is to replace and upgrade shipboard systems to remediate obsolescence and provide assurance of continued mine countermeasures capability for the four (4) Huon Class Mine Hunter Coastal (MHC) vessels out to the 2030s."SHOW LESS