BAE Systems

BAE Systems has more than 2000 employees across Australia dedicated to delivering intelligent, capable and available assets to the Royal Australian Navy.

For decades, we have successfully delivered shipbuilding and sustainment outcomes to Navy through a range of alliance and partnership constructs.


Working side-by-side with the Commonwealth, industry, trusted suppliers and academia, we are primed to advance and safeguard Australia’s security and economic interests by offering a world-leading maritime capability that leverages cutting edge digital technologies and complex engineering-expertise to deliver a 21st century fleet.


BAE Systems Maritime Australia, a subsidiary of BAE Systems, is responsible for the design and build of nine anti-submarine warships, also known as the Hunter class frigates. Work is well underway on the program with prototyping now in progress and construction of the first frigate due to commence in 2022.


The Hunter program provides a strong foundation for a world-class, sustainable shipbuilding capability in Australia. It will create and sustain more than 5,000 jobs and contribute billions of dollars to the Australian economy over the life of the program.

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  • The Hunter-class frigate

    Hunter class frigates

    BAE Systems Maritime Australia is responsiblet for the design and build of nine Hunter class frigates for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The Hunter Class Frigate Program will transform Australia’s shipbuilding industry by supporting the building of sovereign naval shipbuilding capability.
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  • Nulka

    Nulka missile decoys

    Currently deployed on over 150 Australian and US warships, Nulka is a rocket-propelled, expendable, offboard, active decoy designed to ‘seduce’ modern anti-ship missiles away from their targets.
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  • AWD Hobart Class

    Hobart-class air warfare destroyers

    BAE Systems Australia's subsidiary, ASC Shipbuilding, has built the three Hobart class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) for the Royal Australian Navy as part of the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance. BAE Systems Australia now undertakes sustainment work as the three destroyers are delivered and transitioned into service.
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  • ESSM firing

    Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles

    The Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) is a medium-range, surface-to-air missile designed and manufactured by Raytheon Missile Systems and BAE Systems Australia.
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  • Leeuwin ASV

    Hydrographic vessel support

    The Hydrographic In-Service Support (HISS) program delivers engineering, maintenance supply and training services in support of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Hydrographic Fleet of Vessels for the Hydrographic System Project Office (HSPO).
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  • Collins class submarines

    Periscope support

    BAE Systems has been providing in-service support for Collins-class submarine periscope systems since the first submarine, HMAS Collins, was commissioned in July 1996, with the most recent periscope support contract commencing in July 2015.
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