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Opportunities for Tasmania on the horizon with Future Frigate deal

The University of Tasmania today welcomed confirmation of Australia’s $35 billion SEA 5000 Future Frigate program, and the investments that will flow throughout the country as the shipbuilding program gets underway.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Brigid Heywood said enormous benefits would flow to Australian industry as a result of the deal to build a new fleet of nine navy frigates, particularly with a 65 to 70 per cent Australian industry content target in the contract.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced British company BAE systems as the successful tenderer.

“The University of Tasmania, primarily through our specialist institute the Australian Maritime College, enjoys a longstanding collaborative relationship with BAE Systems,” Professor Heywood said.  

“Earlier this month I was delighted to accept an invitation to tour BAE shipyards in Glasgow where I was able to experience its Digital Shipyard and view the Hunter Class Type 26 frigate, which is the design the company will be building in Australia.

“The University looks forward to the opportunity to mature our relationship with BAE Systems and our involvement in the Future Frigate program.

“We bring significant expertise to bear in the areas of education and workforce development, including through the AMC’s key role in the development of the Naval Shipbuilding College, and in research and development domains such as maritime design and engineering, marine systems, advanced shipbuilding and human performance.”

The University looks forward to building on its strong Anglo-Australian linkages, specialist skills and unique capability to support the global defence agenda and particularly BAE Systems as the Future Program progresses.

Pictured: BAE Systems' Type 26 frigate, the design to be built in Australia. Image: BAE Systems.

Published on: 03 Jul 2018 10:11am