BAE Systems has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of its selection as the preferred tenderer for the SEA 5000 program to deliver nine Future Frigates for the Royal Australian Navy.
We will transform the shipbuilding industry in Australia through the creation and sustainment of thousands of jobs and a skilled workforce that will be operating autonomously at full capacity.
BAE Systems welcomes the intent by the Commonwealth Government to transfer ASC Shipbuilding, to BAE Systems. Through SEA 5000 we will transfer technology and skills to ASC Shipbuilding to ensure the successful development of an enduring world-class naval shipbuilding industry in Australia.
We will also maximise opportunities for Australian suppliers by committing a significant proportion of the value of the SEA 5000 project to Australian industry, and we will also transform the export prospects for these suppliers by leveraging our global supply chain worth billions of dollars.
Our approach to digital design will transform the way the Royal Australian Navy’s multi-mission Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capability is managed through its life cycle, delivering efficiencies and seaworthiness through real time management of the ship’s baseline.
We are the third largest defence company in the world and the biggest defence supplier to Australia and the UK. We are experienced in designing, building and sustaining complex war ships; including aircraft carriers, Type 45 Destroyers and off-shore patrol vessels.
In Australia BAE Systems employs over 3,200 Australians and contributed over $1.2bn to the local economy in 2017. We have a long and proud history in Australia – over 65 years – delivering large complex programs to the Australian customer. In the maritime domain this includes Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) and Anzac build and sustainment.
We have an existing supply chain in Australia of over 1,600 companies and a proven track record on Australian industry content, delivering or exceeding commitments in over 99.3% of our projects in Australia.
We have also mobilised workforces in challenging areas before, growing from 30 to 600 staff for Anzac Anti-Ship Missile Defence, and from 150 to 600 for Air Warfare Destroyer and LHD build.
We already have Australians working on our shipbuilding program in the UK, demonstrating our commitment to transfer knowledge and share intellectual property.
Our design for the SEA 5000 Future Frigate is formidable. It is called the Global Combat Ship – Australia, or GCS-A for short.
This is an evolution of the UK’s Type 26 Frigate which is currently in production in the UK. This is the world’s first and only bow-to-stern digitally designed Anti-Submarine Warfare warship. It offers technologically superior ASW capability with the flexibility to undertake the full range of maritime operations.
In the words of the UK Royal Navy, it is a ship that is the "quietest and most potent of submarine-hunters. As a modern digital design, the GCS-A has a live supply chain which means no obsolescence and exemplary growth margins for design and build."