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BAE Systems signs agreement for Hunter class

8th October 2018 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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BAE Systems Australia has signed an advanced work arrangement (AWA) with the Australian government for the Hunter-class frigate programme, the company announced on 4 October.

In June 2018, the Australian government selected BAE Systems as the preferred tenderer to deliver nine Hunter class Future Frigates for the Royal Australian Navy.

The AWA will allow BAE Systems to continue to mobilise the programme including maturing design and engineering plans, establishing a skilled workforce and setting up the required infrastructure necessary to commence prototyping in 2020.

Nigel Stewart, managing director for the Hunter class frigate programme, BAE Systems, said: ‘This is a very important and early milestone in the development of an enduring world-class naval shipbuilding industry in Australia. The AWA demonstrates a commitment by both BAE Systems and the Australian government to ensure timely progress on this critical defence programme.’

BAE Systems continues to progress negotiations with the Australian government for the head contract for the Hunter-class frigate programme and the acquisition of ASC Shipbuilding.

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