Company Can Now Establish Infrastructure to Begin Prototyping in 2020
BAE Systems Australia has signed an Advanced Work Arrangement (AWA) with the Australian government for the HUNTER-class frigate programme.
This follows the announcement in June this year that the company had been selected as the preferred tenderer for the nine-vessel programme for the Royal Australian Navy. The AWA will allow BAE Systems to continue to mobilise the programme, including maturing design and engineering plans, establishing a skilled workforce and setting up the infrastructure required to commence prototyping in 2020.
“This is a very important and early milestone in the development of an enduring world-class naval shipbuilding industry in Australia. The AWA demonstrates a commitment by both BAE Systems and the Australian government to ensure timely progress on this critical defence programme,” commented BAE Systems’ Managing Director for the programme, Nigel Stewart.
Negotiations with the Australian government for the ‘head contract’ for the vessels and for the acquisition of ASC Shipbuilding continue.