To support maximisation of Australian Industry Capability, BAE Systems Maritime Australia is funding selected small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who are linked with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) on the reference ship of the T26 to perform a scope of work known as a ‘targeted task’.
Targeted tasks provide Australian SMEs with the opportunity to demonstrate they have the capability to form part of the supply chain for the largest surface shipbuilding project in the nation’s defence history, the Hunter Class Frigate Program.
We have recently awarded a targeted task to Western Australia-based VEEM, which requires the commercial propeller manufacturer to produce a pilot propeller blade.
This will be under the guidance of Kongsberg Maritime – platform equipment providers to the T26 reference ship which will flow through to the Hunter program.
If VEEM is able to successfully demonstrate its capability, Kongsberg Maritime will be able to continue the development of VEEM towards manufacture of propeller and brake blades for the Hunter program.
This will contribute significantly to maximising local sovereign industrial capability going forward
VEEM Managing Director, Mark Miocevich
This is the second targeted task that has been awarded to VEEM. In 2020, VEEM was awarded a contract to conduct a feasibility study to examine security requirements for the propeller manufacture work.
VEEM Managing Director Mark Miocevich says the business is highly appreciative of the opportunity and is confident of being able to meet the exacting specification.
“As a world leader in precision CNC-machined propellers, VEEM looks forward to working with BAE Systems Australia and Kongsberg Maritime on this trial,” says Mark.
VEEM Super Yacht Propeller. Provided by VEEM.
BAE Systems Maritime Australia Managing Director, Craig Lockhart, says he is grateful for the support KONGSBERG Maritime has shown towards Australianising the manufacture of key components for the Hunter Class Frigate Program, such as the propeller.
“We are delighted to work with VEEM again and give them the opportunity to demonstrate their capability to one of the Hunter program’s platform equipment providers,” says Craig.
“We are absolutely committed to helping build a sovereign industrial capability for this nation, and that’s why we are awarding targeted tasks to local businesses: so they can demonstrate they meet all necessary requirements to join the Hunter Class Frigate Program’s supply chain.”
According to Kongsberg Maritime Pty Ltd Managing Director, Jamie Kilsby, careful selection of local partners, who can be trusted to maintain and uphold Kongsberg Maritime’s exacting standards, is vital to the business’ commitment to delivering optimum quality and service to its global customers.
“As the Australian arm of an international business, we are proud to have the full support of KONGSBERG in developing our Australian industry capability and creating jobs for Australians,” says Jamie.
“The development of this Australian capability will enable Kongsberg Maritime to support the Hunter Class Frigate Program using Australian-based resources, in addition to providing the opportunity to export Australian-made products globally.”