BAE Systems Australia has placed three new prototyping contracts with three local companies to support the Hunter class frigate program.
The contracts, totalling more than $800,000, have been awarded to South Australian-based companies Century Engineering and Novafast International, and Victorian firm Mackay Consolidated Industries.
Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said the three Australian businesses join the likes of BlueScope Steel AIS, Infrabuild Steel Centre, APS Adelaide Profile Services, and TQCSI-Yaran as the latest members of BAE Systems Australia’s local supply chain.
“This is the latest example of this Government’s commitment to developing a world-class sovereign defence industrial capability and ensuring that Australian industry and workers build the capability the Australian Defence Force needs to keep us safe,” Minister Price said.
“The three companies will provide a range of pipe infrastructure for the prototyping phase of the Royal Australian Navy’s future Hunter class frigate program, which is currently underway at Osborne, South Australia.”
The Hunter class program will deliver nine of the world’s best anti-submarine warfare frigates to the Royal Australian Navy, creating around 4000 direct and indirect Australian jobs across the program.