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Hunter Class Frigate Program

Q4 2021


Ross Hillman
Supply Chain Director HCFP
BAE Systems Maritime Australia


HCFP – Organisational Structure





Hunter Class Frigate Program – AIC Overview


  • The Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) bought the Type 26 Reference Ship Design (RSD) from the UK
  • The Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP) will be managed within the construct of BAE Systems Maritime Australia (former trading name ASC Shipbuilding Pty Ltd), as a subsidiary of BAE Systems Australia Limited. BAE Systems Maritime Australia will deliver nine anti-submarine warfare Hunter class frigates to the Royal Australian Navy, and in so doing contribute to an enduring sovereign industrial capability
  • Tier 1 OEM contracts to be placed with ASC Shipbuilding Pty Ltd
  • Schedule impact to Ship 1 will not be compromised
  • To maximise Australian industry participation, market testing is to be demonstrated via the use of the ICN Gateway




  • The objective of Australian Industry Capability (AIC) is to identify opportunities for, and collaborate with, the CoA in order to maximise the participation of Australian industry in the performance of the contract on and from the effective date (ED); and
  • In doing so, we will grow AIC and provide a clear road-map for Australian industry that can be followed through the design-prototype, shipbuilding, and sustainment phases of the Hunter program.



AIC / CNS Objectives


Achieve an Australian defence industry that has the capability, posture and resilience to help meet Australia’s defence needs, while being internationally competitive and innovative through the establishment of:

  • Modern, innovative and secure naval shipbuilding and sustainment infrastructure
  • A highly capable, productive and skilled naval shipbuilding and sustainment workforce
  • A motivated, cost-competitive and sustainable Australian industrial base underpinned initially by experienced international ship designers and builders who transfer these attributes to Australian industry; and
  • A national approach to delivering the Naval Shipbuilding Plan.



Hunter class frigate program update


  • BAE Systems Maritime Australia (BAESMA), formerly ASC Shipbuilding is a subsidiary of BAE Systems Australia.
  • BAESMA now have access to Osborne Naval Shipyard (Adelaide) and are in the process of mobilising personnel
  • BAESMA cut steel as scheduled for Prototyping in December 2020 and contracted Australian company BlueScope Steel AIS for this phase
  • Request for Proposals (RFP’s) for Prototyping and First of Class are currently being issued in accordance with program schedule
  • BAESMA and CoA are working closely to mature the design. Work is still ongoing to quantify the design review schedule requirements to assure critical path activities achieve the design maturity required for a cut steel date for Ship 1. Whilst the timeline for first of class cut steel will shift, other milestones for the program remain intact. This will result in greater build efficiency, reduced risk of re-work and therefore schedule compression in the later years so that other milestones remain intact. The current contract implementation schedule is not affected.
  • To maximise Australian Industry capability, BAESMA have established ‘Targeted Tasks’. Targeted Tasks provide an understanding of where and how Australian SMEs may contribute AIC into OEM supplies and associated AIC Plans
  • OEMs are encouraged to evidence Australian market testing via the use of the HCFP ICN Gateway page
  • 1450+ suppliers from across Australia have registered through the Industry Capability Network (ICN) to supply into HCFP.



AIC considerations




Indigenous capability






  • The Targeted Task supports or potentially supports Category A, B or Combat Systems equipment on the HCFP.
  • The Targeted Task will provide a clear deliverable in support of the feasibility and assessment of the OEM investment cases where:
    • The SME is already in discussion with the OEM; and/ or
    • The SME has facilities capable of producing the equipment; and/ or
    • The SME has a successful track record (based on BAESMA industry knowledge).
  • The Targeted Task presents an opportunity ‘on the surface’ to increase AIC but requires further validation;
  • The Targeted Task clarify opportunity specific implications required for HCFP benefit (such as facilities, tooling, certification, security etc.);
  • The Targeted Task will have the potential to deliver an AIC/CNS outcome for the specified equipment; and
  • The Targeted Task will clarify transfer of technology/knowledge scope including elements such as cost, outputs and/or maximising AIC.



Category Definitions


Category A

  • High value, high risk, project specific equipment, very large and complex systems;
  • Customer mandated, programme critical (mini projects), competition led;
  • Major equipment’s; e.g. power and propulsion and complex systems.

Category B

  • Medium value, established and medium to low risk equipment;
  • Complete systems that have been modified for the programme, although they remain recognisable as the original equipment or system;
  • Platform equipment.

Category C

  • Catalogue items and commodities, consumables;
  • Platform supplies (build to print or Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS));
  • Catalogue equipment’s or commodity materials, which are generally build to print or proprietary, with high volume but low individual value and risk;
  • Commodities; steel, valves, pumps, electrical systems, pipe materials.

Category D

  • On-site subcontracted services that are;
  • Programme critical; intrinsic linkage to build programme; service to the project;
  • Subcontract services.

Combat Systems

  • The system providing the combat and defensive capabilities of a Ship including navigation systems, internal and external communications systems, command management and direction systems, various sensor and effector capabilities together with associated computer networks.




oem Category A&B combat system Equipment list 


oem Category A&B combat system Equipment list (cont)




Category A & b Equipment rfp timing




Category C Equipment (first of class) rft timing



CAtegory C Equipment (first of class) rft timing Cont.




Category D Equipment (Prototyping)




Combat Systems Equipment RFP Timing




  • One of the potential constraints of supplying product to OEMs for the HCFP Suppliers is the need for Lloyds certification
  • Lloyds Classification is across all products within the ship build (Shipyard production, Welding, fabrication, Machining (roughing and final), Forging, Materials, Etc.)
  • Suppliers may require some form of Lloyds certification which may include:
    • Works Approval (for manufacturing facility & business, i.e. one off certification)
    • Type Approval (may be used for mass production items i.e. valves)
    • Component Certification (for all safety critical items – Witnessed by Lloyds throughout the manufacture)
  • Lloyds do (generally) accept approval provided by another IACS agency (especially the further down the supply chain we slip)
  • For suppliers selected by and OEM or down-selected for Cat C and D supplier ASC Shipbuilding will be undertaking a Supplier review and development program for that will:
    • Identify suppliers that will require Lloyds certification
    • Assist suppliers achieving the required certification by
    • Conducting reviews of suppliers practices against Lloyds requirements
    • Providing advise on modifications required
    • Support modifications and certification by way of business improvement specialists resources and or financial support where required



HCFP – Supply Chain Security DISP Requirements

What is DISP?

  • DISP” is the Defence Industry Security Program.
  • The role of DISP is to provide industry with increased opportunity to work with Defence and provide easier access to Defence security services.
  • Companies dealing with Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) information from UNCLASSIFIED to TOP SECRET will be required to hold DISP membership.

What is the requirement for suppliers intending to participate in Hunter Class Frigate Pogram with BAW Systems Maritime Australia?

  • Pre contract – DISP Membership is not required, however it is highly recommended that DISP Membership is applied for at the earliest opportunity as the process can take some time.
  • In contract – DISP Membership will be required dependant on the level of classification of information and/or assets being held.

How long will DISP Membership application take?

  • It is recommended that DISP membership is applied for at the earliest opportunity. Dependant on the level of DISP Membership required, this may affect the time frame of being granted membership e.g. Classification of information/assets.
  • The higher the classification of the contract, the longer the application is likely to take.

What is the cost of DISP Membership?

  • There is no cost associated with applying for DISP Membership.
  • Costs are associated with meeting minimum facility requirements, dependant on the level of classification of the information and/or assets that is intended to be held at the facility. The minimum standards need to be met in accordance with Commonwealth of Australia policy.
  • For further guidance or general queries on DISP membership, please visit DISP website or alternatively contact: 1800 333 362 or 1800 Defence



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