BAE progresses frigate prototyping


BAE Systems Australia Maritime has completed the third prototype unit (pictured) for the Hunter Class Frigate Program Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide.

The unit, a sizable 232 square meters, 2.9 meters high and weighing over 37 tonnes, has now moved from the shipyard’s primary manufacturing hall on to the next phase of production

The unit now joins the first two prototype units, which are now undergoing hotwork – including the installation of seats and foundations.

The structural manufacture of the first steel prototype unit for the Hunter was completed in October.

Construction of the nine antisubmarine warfare ships has been delayed by 18 months to allow integration of locally specified radars and fire control systems in the design.

In February the $45 billion programme reached a milestone in its development with the completion of a year-long System Definition Review (SDR).

However prototyping is continuing.

Picture: BAE Systems Australia Maritime

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