The Australian government is to announce in late May or early June the design selected for the nine Future Frigates set to significantly bolster the capabilities of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
Costed at approximately AUD35 billion (USD25.5 billion), the RAN’s Project Sea 5000 aims to introduce into service large Australian-built frigates with capabilities ranging from constabulary operations to high-end warfighting. The vessels are to have a focus on anti-submarine warfare (ASW) but will also encompass task group air defence.
The three short-listed contenders comprise the 6,900-tonne Type 26 Global Combat Ship proposed by BAE Systems, the 6,200-tonne Carlo Bergamini-class ASW variant of the FREMM multi-mission frigate offered by Fincantieri, and a modified variant of the F-100 Alvaro de Bazan-class design on which the Hobart-class is based, proposed by Navantia.
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