Artists impression of the Hunter class future frigate

The procurement update targeted Australian businesses that supply minor equipment, materiel and services. The first tranche of work is worth an estimated $20 million.

During the prototyping phase the Hunter program will build five prototyping blocks. There are opportunities for suppliers to provide equipment such as scaffolding, steel for the blocks, pipes, cables, outfitting, blast and paint, deck coverings and insulation.

Procurement updates are an opportunity for Australian businesses to find out how they can be involved in the construction of the nine anti-submarine warfare frigates for the Royal Australian Navy.

To attend a procurement update you can register your interest in the Hunter Class Frigate Program through the Industry Capability Network (ICN). More than 800 businesses across Australia have already pre-qualified through the ICN.

The Hunter program is the largest surface combatant acquisition program in Australia’s history. ASC Shipbuilding predicts it will create and sustain more than 4,000 jobs across their business and the wider Australian defence supply chain over the life of the program.

The Hunter program is the foundation of the ‘continuous naval shipbuilding’ program announced by the Australian Government in August 2015 and confirmed in the 2016 Defence White Paper.