Australian enterprise REDARC Defence & House has been awarded a $23 million contract to provide 12,600 LED lights for the primary batch of three Hunter class warships. The contract is the end result of a five-year collaboration between REDARC and UK firm MARL Worldwide which can see Lonsdale-based REDARC lead the manufacture and supply of lighting and associated elements for the Royal Australian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare frigates. BAE Programs Australia is working carefully with the Commonwealth to construct Australian industrial functionality by contracting small and medium Australian companies which can be collaborating with the provision chain for the Sort 26 frigates, beneath building within the UK. The Hunter class frigates to be constructed on the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia are based mostly on BAE Programs’ reference ship Sort 26 design.

REDARC’s Managing Director and proprietor, Anthony Kittel, stated: “REDARC Defence & House is delighted to win this contract with BAE Programs to fabricate & provide LED lights for the formidable fleet of Hunter class frigates. We’re thrilled with the connection now we have mutually developed with our UK accomplice, MARL, to make sure the switch of this know-how to Australia. With the ability to ship exceptionally prime quality maritime LED lights – manufactured, sustained and supported in Australia – is a superb step for us. This contract will permit REDARC Defence & House to additional develop our defence workforce and upskill our present workers in addition to our Australian provide chain.”


Mr Doug Sim – MARL Worldwide, Mr Anthony Kittel – REDARC, Mr Mick Caliano – BAE Programs

BAE Programs Australia Managing Director — Maritime, Craig Lockhart, stated:“I welcome the partnership between REDARC Defence & House and MARL Worldwide, which can result in Australians manufacturing hundreds of lights and associated elements for the primary batch of three Hunter class frigates. We’ll proceed to collaborate carefully with the Commonwealth and help the expansion of Australian business functionality (AIC) and to that finish, we count on that in future ship batches the proportion of Australian content material will enhance. Constructing AIC generates jobs, native prosperity and know-how, supporting steady naval shipbuilding for Hunter and past.”

REDARC Defence & House is partnering with MARL Worldwide to fabricate and provide 79 several types of lights for every frigate, together with bunk and flood lights, weatherdeck and step lights, basic and emergency lights. Shipbuilders engaged on the Hunter program are presently manufacturing 5 prototype ship blocks to check and refine the processes, techniques, instruments, amenities and workforce expertise forward of building of 4 Hunter ship blocks in Could 2023, deliberate for use within the first ship. BAE Programs Australia has already positioned contracts with greater than 50 Australian companies to help Hunter’s prototyping part, and because the program progresses will contract extra native firms for tools and elements manufacture, provide and meeting for the primary three frigates.