Hunter Class Frigates

Osborne Naval Shipyard is the confirmed build location of the Hunter class frigate program, a fleet of nine vessels to replace the in-service ANZAC class frigates.

The program is scheduled to commence in 2020 at Osborne Naval Shipyard as part of a continuous build.

BAE Systems has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the Hunter class frigate program with its Type 26 Global Combat Ship. The Hunter class frigates will be built by ASC Shipbuilding and will incorporate the Australian-developed CEA Phased-Array Radar.

The new frigates will be larger and more capable than the ANZACs, with a heavy emphasis on anti-submarine warfare. The Hunter class will have the capability to conduct a variety of missions independently, or as part of a task group, with sufficient range and endurance to operate effectively throughout the region.

The design and construction phase of the program is valued at approximately $35 billion with the program expected to create approximately 1500 direct jobs in South Australia. Additional supply chain opportunities will be created with more than 100 South Australian businesses pre-qualified with BAE to be part of the project.

For further information please direct all enquiries to David Eyre, Director Maritime, Defence SA. Tel: +61 8 8463 7161 or