Western Australian marine engineering firm VEEM is to develop a prototype propeller to be fitted to the nine Hunter class frigates now under construction in Adelaide.
BAE Systems Maritime Australia has let a contract worth about $180,000 to develop a prototype propeller blade, following an initial feasibility study in 2020.
VEEM manufactures a wide range of propellers for sports vessels, offshore work boats and superyachts, however frigate propellers lift the company to a new level.
VEEM is also well known for its large marine gyrostabilizers and vessel ride control systems provided to fellow WA company, Austal.
Defence industry minister Melissa Price said: “This is an important project for the Hunter class frigates and a great opportunity for Australia’s defence industry as we continue to develop our local capability to support naval shipbuilding in Australia.”
VEEM has a number of defence interests, including marine engineering contracts to support the full cycle docking of the Collins class submarines.
Picture: VEEM propellers
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