On 29 June 2018, the Australian Government announced BAE Systems Australia as preferred tenderer to build nine anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigates for the Royal Australian Navy.
Modified to meet Australia’s requirements, this formidable fleet of frigates is named the Hunter class. It is based on BAE Systems’ Type 26 Global Combat Ship design that we are currently constructing in Glasgow for the Royal Navy.
It is one of the world’s most advanced ASW vessels and has the flexibility to undertake a wide range of roles, from high intensity warfare to humanitarian assistance, either operating independently or as part of a task group.
All variants of the Global Combat Ship will share a common, acoustically-quiet hull and will take full advantage of modular design and open systems architecture to facilitate through-life support and upgrades as new technology develops.
This will ensure the warship remains relevant to future maritime demands and delivers an adaptable design with the ability to accommodate sub-systems to meet individual country requirements.