The Hunter Class Frigate Program has efficiently held a serious engineering assessment, which defines how the Australian Fight System integrates into the World Fight Ship reference ship design. The year-long System Definition Evaluate (SDR), involving work by BAE Methods’ engineering groups in Australia and the UK, has established a brand new baseline design for the Hunter class frigate and builds on the sovereign complicated warship design functionality at South Australia’s Osborne Naval Shipyard. The SDR is the second main analysis of the ship’s design and demonstrates the way it accommodates the vary of capabilities required by the Australian Authorities, together with the Aegis and Australian Interface Fight Administration Methods, the CEAFAR2 phased array radar and integration of the Seahawk Romeo Maritime Fight Helicopter.

“The number of the World Fight Ship for Australia’s Hunter class frigates was primarily based on its digital pedigree, its submarine-hunting functionality and its skill to accommodate the adjustments the Australian Buyer requires. In complicated naval shipbuilding phrases, a profitable Methods Definition Evaluate implies that you’ve efficiently established a Practical Baseline from which you’ll be able to additional develop and combine the design in opposition to the Mission System Specification set by the Buyer – and we’ve achieved simply that. It’s taken a whole lot of onerous work and engineering ingenuity to get us to the purpose the place, along with the Royal Australian Navy, we will objectively have a look at our design and the place it sits relative to necessities. I’ve been significantly happy with the extent of shut collaboration with our Buyer to work via the engineering challenges,” BAE Methods Maritime Australia Managing Director, Craig Lockhart mentioned.


Solely lately, BAE Methods transferred greater than two million digital artefacts from the UK to Australia. These adjustments introduce important vanguard fight system functionality, prepared to satisfy the Royal Australian Navy’s wants. The primary prototyping unit has additionally lately been accomplished on the Osborne shipyard, underscoring the sturdy progress on the Hunter program. The milestone demonstrated the corporate’s skill to “Australianise” the chosen reference ship design for the Hunter program. After closing out the actions recognized on this assessment, the Hunter program will progress to the following main engineering assessment, the Preliminary Design Evaluate, which is a technical evaluation that ensures the design is operationally efficient, and detailed design and planning can start.