BAE Systems has won a contract from the Australia to further refine its design of the Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS) for the country’s Navy under the SEA 5000 (Future Frigate) program.
“We look forward to demonstrating the adaptability and maturity of the Global Combat Ship design to meet Australia’s requirements for an Anti-Submarine Warship frigate,” BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive, Glynn Phillips, said.”
In coming months, a team of BAE Systems’ Australian engineers will be deployed to the UK to join the Company’s established design team to acquire the skills and knowledge required to effectively transfer the technology to Australia.
BAE Systems is using the latest in modern digital planning capability to refine and tailor its designs to the Commonwealth of Australia’s requirements. To assist this process, the Company has revealed that, a 3-dimensional visualisation suite will be delivered to Australia to help improve understanding of the unique features of the ship design.
This will enable conversations about design modifications the Royal Australian Navy requires and will help demonstrate how the Global Combat Ship could accommodate the required CEA Technologies’ phased-array radar system.
This is part of the Australian Department of Defence’s Competitive Evaluation Process for the program. The Commonwealth has also entered into similar agreements with Fincantieri and Navantia.
BAE Systems is currently supporting and upgrading the ANZAC Class Frigates, sustaining the largest ships in the fleet – the Landing Helicopter Docks, as well as the Adelaide Class Frigates, Minehunters and the Hydrographic Fleet.