BAE Systems to use Australian steel for Royal Australian Navy’s Future Frigate construction
BAE Systems Australia has announced it will partner separately with each of BlueScope and Liberty OneSteel for the supply of more than 48,000 tonnes of Australian steel, should the company be selected to build nine Future Frigates as part of the Federal Government’s SEA 5000 program.
BAE Systems is offering its Global Combat Ship-Australia for SEA 5000, a variant of the Type 26 Anti Submarine Warship that is currently being manufactured in the UK.
Liberty OneSteel will provide structural steel sections for the Future Frigates from its Whyalla facility, as well as products for 4,000 tonnes of structural steel for shipbuilding infrastructure, including cradles and other fixtures.
Liberty OneSteel will also have the opportunity to provide value added processing, fabrication and welding in the Whyalla supply chain prior to delivery. BlueScope will potentially provide plate steel which will be manufactured at its facility in Port Kembla, NSW.
BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive, Gabby Costigan, said: “For SEA 5000 we are committed to building the Future Frigates in Australia using Australian suppliers at every opportunity. This includes maximising the use of Australian steel on the program. We are proud to support the Australian steel industry throughout our business and will grow that support if we are successful on SEA 5000.”
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