Britain has launched a bid to build Australia's new $35 billion fleet of warships.
British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has assured that if the bid succeeds, the nine vessels would be built primarily in Australia by Australian labourers. He also said that the frigates he proposes are suitable to hunt “Russian and Chinese submarines."
Britain, Spain and Italy are in fray for the multi-billion dollar tender to replace the Anzac Class frigates by the late 2020s, Hurriyet Daily News reported Wednesday quoting an AFP despatch.
Secretary Fallon and UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will attend a summit in Sydney today with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Marise Payne. This is Mr Johnson's first tour since of Australia since last year's Brexit election.
The winner of the contract for the new ships is expected to be announced next year.
Three designers are vying for the massive contract - Britain’s BAE Systems, Italy’s Fincantieri and Spain’s Navantia - which is described by Canberra as currently the largest frigate shipbuilding program of its kind.
“You need in a region that is now as unstable and tense as it is, as you’ve decided, some anti-submarine hunting capability and the very latest capability,” Fallon added.
“The quietness of the ship, and the sophistication of the technology on it, puts it way ahead of any European offer you might be considering,” said Fallon.
Leonardo has signed an agreement with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to continue work on the AW159 Wildcat helicopter in its Somerset facility. The ministry were looking at options to relocate the fabrication work for future AW159 helicopters orders – the export version of the Wildcat helicopters already in service with the British Army and Royal Navy – overseas
Misunderstanding Air Traffic Control instructions lead to a near-miss between A Royal Air Force tanker and two US F-15 fighters over the North Sea. The pilots of the RAF Voyager said that one of the United States Air Force jets was as near as 160ft (50 metres) when it flew directly across their path
MBDA has a secured a £323 million contract for the next batch of Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) for the British Army and Royal Navy. The CAMM is designed for use both at sea and on land
The UK Defense Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon officially began the manufacture of the Royal Navys first Type-26 class next generation frigate, HMS Glasgow. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said, “HMS Glasgow and the other seven frigates in this new class will protect our powerful new aircraft carriers and nuclear deterrent, helping keep Britain safe across the world
The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) is investing £2.5 billion to boost Britains submarine building projects
BAE Systems will demonstrate its 3D immersive technology including a digital periscope for Australia Collins Class submarines at the SimTecT event, being held in Sydney this week. The 3D immersive technology combines the ‘DNA from CAD and gaming software, BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive Glynn Phillips said, adding, “this technology provides for a ‘single point of truth for designers and engineers – as well as our customer – regardless of where they are located
Australian StarFlight and Kaan Air Australia have signed $50 million (AUD $63 million) with Lockheed Martin to purchase 10 refurbished Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk US military helicopters with options for an additional 10 aircraft. The refurbishment program to be undertaken in Brisbane, the agreement will see the purchase of 10 ex-US military Black Hawks, to be imported into Australia early next year
Australia has refused to connect undersea communications cable to Solomon Islands after the latter awarded a contract to set up the cable system to controversial Chinese firm Huawei. The Australian government had been in discussions with the Solomons government about the project for "a number of months", Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement Fairfax Media reported Wednesday
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