Chief Executive, David Allott said the company’s bid was already being prepared in anticipation of this Request For Tender being issued.
“This is a very important decision by the Federal Government and we thank the Minister for bringing forward this project,” he said.
"BAE Systems has a strong heritage of building high quality ships in Australia, including the current fleet of Pacific Patrol Boats that have been operating successfully over many years and we look forward to submitting a very competitive bid for the replacement of that fleet.”
Mr Allott said that as part of its tender, the company would seek to leverage opportunities for its Australian supply chain.
“We have a supply chain that includes around 800 small and medium Australian businesses that will be very keen to contribute to this program and to retain some of their capabilities as well.
“This capability will be critical should the government decide to maintain a sovereign shipbuilding capability in Australia.”
BAE Systems recently delivered the Royal Australian Navy’s largest ever warship, HMAS Canberra. The second Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), NUSHIP Adelaide, is being completed at the Williamstown shipyard and is due to be finished later this year.
“In addition to the LHDs, we are also the prime contractor for the Anti-Ship Missile Defence Upgrade program on the ANZAC Frigates which is being undertaken at our Henderson shipyard in Western Australia (all of the ANZAC Frigates were built at the BAE Systems Williamstown shipyard), and as a subcontractor to ASC, we are manufacturing high quality blocks for the Air Warfare Destroyer Program at excellent levels of productivity. All of our highly skilled shipbuilders are extremely proud of the ships and service we deliver to the Commonwealth of Australia and we are very much hoping to continue that tradition long into the future.”