Friday, 24 November 2017

BAE Systems proposes ‘unprecedented’ technology transfer for Australia

BAE Systems

 Jon Grevatt - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

23 November 2017

BAE Systems said on 23 November that it has teamed with the UK government in offering to provide Australia with 5,000 ‘work years’ of technical design capability if the company is successful in its bid to supply the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) with next-generation frigates.

BAE Systems said the offer is worth AUD1.5 billion (USD1.1 billion) and would facilitate the “transfer of data and the digital design” of the 6,900-tonne Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS), which the company is offering to meet the RAN’s SEA 5000 programme to build nine future frigates.

“The unprecedented transfer of intellectual property will also include all ship parts, materials, systems, and sub systems used to build the Type 26 frigate,” said BAE Systems.

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Project description

SEA 5000 Phase 1 (Future Frigate) will introduce into service the next generation of naval surface combatants. The future frigates will be required to conduct a range of missions, with a particular focus on anti-submarine warfare. The nine frigates will have sufficient range and endurance to operate effectively throughout maritime South East Asia and will be able to be deployed from forward bases, such as in the Middle East. The frigates will be equipped with a range of offensive and self-protection systems. The frigates will be built in Adelaide, South Australia and will incorporate the Australian-developed CEA Phased-Array Radar.

This project is one of a number of maritime projects to ensure Australia retains a sovereign capability to build and sustain its naval vessels and implement the Government’s commitment to a continuous build of naval surface ships in Australia. Source:

BAE Systems SEA5000 proposal basic specifications:
Length: 148.5 m
Max beam: 20 m
Displacement: 6,000 t
Accommodation: 118 crew + 72 embarked forces

SEA 5000 Phase 1 Fact Sheet: Details

Type 26 frigate: HERE

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