BAE Systems Submits Bid for SEA 5000
EDINBURGH, Australia — BAE Systems announced in a Aug. 10 release that it has submitted its bid to the Australian government for the nation’s SEA 5000 Future Frigate program.
The bid is to partner with the government to develop a long-term shipbuilding strategy in Australia for complex warships and to offer a proposal to build nine Anti-Submarine Warfare Frigates for the Royal Australian Navy.
BAE Systems is offering the Global Combat Ship-Australia, a variant of its Type 26 Global Combat Ship which commenced manufacture for the first of three ships for the UK’s Royal Navy July 20.
The campaign is being led by BAE Systems’ global Maritime Business Development Director, Nigel Stewart, and the bid was put together by a joint U.K. and Australian team to ensure knowledge from the Type 26 program is fully complemented by the maritime skills and expertise of BAE Systems’ team in Australia.
The Type 26 benefits from a modern digital design approach that uses the latest engineering and design technologies. As a fully bow-to-stern digital design, BAE Systems has been able to substantially de-risk construction for the Royal Navy with Australia standing to benefit from all learnings drawn from the U.K. construction program.
“BAE Systems has over 3,500 people already working in Australia, a fully mature supply chain of over 1,600 Australian SMEs [subject matter experts] and we have a proud history of over 60 years working in partnership with the Australian government as a trusted supplier, said Glynn Phillips, BAE Systems Australia chief executive. “Deepening that partnership through selection on SEA 5000 would be a privilege that we are ready and excited to deliver.”