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Australia Confirms $7B Investment in Enhanced Lethality Surface Combatant Fleet Development

The Australian government will invest $7.28 billion over the next decade to develop the Royal Australian Navy’s enhanced lethality surface combatant fleet. The fleet includes three upgraded Hobart-class air warfare destroyers and six Hunter-class frigates. According to Defense News, BAE Systems Australia, the prime contractor for the anti-submarine frigate program, has already begun its prototyping...

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BAE To Upgrade Mk 45 Naval Gun Systems on Australian Frigates

BAE Systems has received a contract to upgrade the Mk 45 naval gun systems on the Royal Australian Navy‘s Anzac-class frigates. It said the modernization effort will address the gun system’s obsolescence issues and extend its operating life. Under the agreement, the company will implement the Common Control System upgrade package to replace electronics on...

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Australia Buying BAE Systems’ Naval Guns for Hunter-Class Warships

The Australian government has awarded BAE Systems a contract to supply Mk 45 medium caliber guns and the automated Ammunition Handling System to the Royal Australian Navy’s new Hunter-class frigates.  According to BAE, Mk 45 will provide RAN with a setup that can easily incorporate advanced munitions for the firepower needed in Hunter class missions....

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Australian Navy Receives Sixth Austal Vessel in Patrol Boat Fleet Buildup

The Royal Australian Navy has received the sixth Evolved Cape-class patrol boat out of the eight vessels it ordered from Austal Ltd, the shipbuilder announced on Friday. Named ADV Cape Pillar, the watercraft was the third Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boat turned over to the Australian Navy in 2023. According to Austal CEO Paddy Gregg, the...

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AUKUS Team Completes Second Tour to Boost Australian Submarine Maintenance Capability

The Advance Verification Team of the AUKUS trilateral security alliance of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States has completed a two-week tour of the British Royal Navy’s Faslane, Scotland, nuclear submarine base to support Australian nuclear submarine maintenance capability buildup. According to the UK government, the AVT’s Faslane familiarization followed a similar visit...

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L3Harris to Build Underwater Surveillance Capability for Australia

L3Harris Technologies will provide an undersea asset tracking field to the Royal Australian Navy under a $210.29 million contract from Defence Australia. The company said work on the contract, which falls under the third phase of the SEA1350 Maritime Underwater Tracking Ranges program, includes delivering undersea warfare capabilities to help Australian Defence Force assets better...

Thales Australia Begins Work to Develop Autonomous Maritime Tech
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Thales Australia Begins Work to Develop Autonomous Maritime Tech

Thales has begun designing a Maritime Autonomy and Small-Medium Enterprise Collaboration Precinct that would support the Royal Australian Navy’s Mine Countermeasures and Military Survey Capability SEA1905-1 program. The company estimates that the precinct, set to be built at its Carrington site in Newcastle, New South Wales, would inject $25.6 million into the Hunter economy within its...

Four Shipbuilders Eye Initial Contracts in Planned Australian Naval Buildup
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Four Shipbuilders Eye Initial Contracts in Planned Australian Naval Buildup

The Royal Australian Navy’s planned buildup in response to China’s increasing threat has already drawn bids from four shipbuilders, Breaking Defense reported.   The pitches came following the April release of the Australian Defence Strategic Review, which lined up a naval strategy of increasing the number of smaller surface vessels in RAN’s fleet. The four...

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