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BAE Systems Selects Airspeed to Supply Critical Component for Hunter-Class Frigate

Hunter-Class Frigate

BAE Systems has selected South Australian company Airspeed to supply a critical component of the U.K. Royal Navy’ Hunter-class frigates.

Under the subcontract, Airspeed, provider of composite materials for the aerospace, maritime and energy sectors, will build the replenishment at sea stump masts for the first batch of the upcoming frigates.

The stump masts enable the transfer of fuel, munitions and other supplies from one ship to another.

BAE Systems is the prime contractor for the Hunter Class Frigate Program. The company will deliver three Type 26 frigates to the Royal Navy. 

“As an Australian SME, Airspeed is proud to be a part of the Hunter Class Frigate Program and the advanced capabilities it brings to the Royal Australian Navy,” said Steve Barlow, managing director at Airspeed.

The collaboration is part of BAE Systems Australia’s Global Access Program, which provides opportunities for Australian businesses to enter the company’s supply chain. 

The Hunter-class frigates are based on the Type 26 combat ship, which BAE Systems is making modifications to the design for RAN. The modifications include the integration of CEA phased array radars, the Aegis combat management system and the Seahawk Romeo maritime combat helicopter.

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