Craig International Ballistics to armour Hunter frigates


Queensland manufacturer Craig International Ballistics will supply ballistic protection windows for the first three Hunter class frigates under an agreement with BAE Systems Maritime Australia.

The order, which follows receipt of a $30 million order from Defence for body armour earlier this month, will see CIB provide transparent armour on each of the anti-submarine warfare warships being built for the Royal Australian Navy as part of the Hunter Class Frigate Program.

Craig International Ballistics will manufacture dozens of windows for each vessel, as well as the frames for the windows and the wiper systems. Each of the six window types will have unique protective qualities, including ballistic protection, fire retardant properties and noise reduction.

The Chief Executive Officer of Craig International Ballistics James Craig said: “As an Australian manufacturer of ballistic protection solutions, we take great pride in providing BAE Systems Maritime Australia and Navy with high-quality products that are specifically designed to safeguard our Navy personnel.

“Craig International Ballistics continues to make a significant investment in research and development and processing plant and equipment to remain a market leader, and to continue to provide our war fighters with the best possible ballistic protection.

“Our whole team is very proud of the work we do here on the Gold Coast, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with BAE Systems and the Australian Defence Force.”

Craig International Ballistics is the latest Australian company to be awarded a contract to supply products and services for the Hunter Class Frigate Program with BAE Systems working with Australian suppliers on over 60 per cent Australian Contract Expenditure (ACE) contribution in the early Design and Prototyping phase of the contract.

BAE Systems Maritime Australia is working to increase the resilience, capability and capacity of the nation’s defence industry by partnering with small and medium enterprises, in line with the Commonwealth’s recently released Defence Industry Development Strategy, according to the company.

The Managing Director BAE Systems Australia – Maritime Craig Lockhart said: “We’re committed to maximising Australian industry participation in this truly national shipbuilding endeavour.

“The Hunter class frigates will be among the most advanced and capable warships in the world and companies such as Craig International Ballistics will deliver cutting edge equipment to these warships which maintains its stealth capabilities and well as significantly improving its survivability.

“The Hunter programme has embedded a truly sovereign continuous naval shipbuilding capability across Australia, ensuring we have the know-how to design, build and sustain our own warships.”

Further reading:
Defence’s $30 million order for body armour


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