The Hunter class (British Type 26) is the youngest type of frigate in the Royal Australian Navy . The planned nine ships are to be put into service from 2027/28. They are built at the ASC shipyard ( ASC Shipbuilding ) in Osborne near Adelaide .
The selection of the Global Combat Ship from BAE Systems for the new nine-unit frigate class as part of the "Sea 5000" project was announced at the end of June 2018 by Australia's Prime Minister Turnbull . The contract is worth A $ 35 billion. The ships are to replace the ANZAC class . The losing competitors were modernized versions of the Spanish F-100 class and the Italian FREMM .
The Australian frigates differ from their British city-class sister ships in terms of their systems . Saab Australia is the supplier of the tactical interface of its "9LV Combat Management System", the mission control system itself is the American Aegis. They also have a "CEAFAR 2" phased array radar from CEA Technologies.
The first three units are named after personalities from Australian history.
- BAE Systems to build nine next-generation frigates for Australia, Janes, June 29, 2018
- Saab Australia congratulates BAE Systems, looks forward to working on new Type 26 Frigates, UK Defense Journal, July 2, 2018
- Australia cleared to buy Aegis combat system for Type 26 Frigates, UK Defense Journal, June 29, 2018
- Australia officially announces $ 26B frigate contract. Here are the build details, Defense News, June 29, 2018