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Australian Frigate Bids On Course

Rowlands Metalworks signs MoU with Raytheon Anschütz in SEA 5000 bid


In the context of BAE Systems’ bid for Australia’s Future Frigates project (SEA 5000), local Adelaide manufacturer Rowlands Metalworks signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Raytheon Anschütz for the delivery of navigational bridge consoles for the nine future frigates.

With each navigational bridge console estimated to cost over $250,000, it is expected that the contract for the whole nine frigates could be valued at more than $2million.

The opportunity to work with Raytheon Anschütz on the SEA 5000 project came about through the Commonwealth’s Global Supply Chain programme, to which BAE Systems’ Global Access Programme (GAP) is associated. Through the GAP, Raytheon Anschütz was introduced to REDARC Technologies on the Type 26 programme and the SEA 5000 opportunity, which then advised Raytheon regarding Rowlands Metalworks capabilities.

We’ve been in operation for more than 60 years now, supporting a broad range of industries and sectors and are delighted with the opportunity we can see to reach further into the defence industry with this deal,” said Rowlands Metalworks Managing Director Cameron Johnston. “There is no doubt the South Australian defence industry is on the cusp of some very exciting times and we will now be well placed to make the most of the growth in the sector here in South Australia.”


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