SEA 5000 Future Frigate program released to shortlisted designers: BAE Systems, Fincantieri and Navantia

Future Frigates RFT released to shortlisted designers

March 31, 2017 by Australian Defence Business Review

The Request for Tender (RFT) for the SEA 5000 Future Frigate program has been released to the shortlisted designers: BAE Systems, Fincantieri and Navantia.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said in a statement that Defence has been working with the three candidates since August 2015 on refining their designs, although the shortlist was only publicly announced in April 2016.

“Today’s announcement shows the government is on track to begin construction of the Future Frigates in 2020 in Adelaide,” Minister Pyne said. “The release of the RFT is an important part of the Competitive Evaluation Process, which will lead to the government announcing the successful designer for the Future Frigates in 2018.”

BAE Systems has been shortlisted with the Type 26 Global Combat Ship design, Fincantieri with the Bergamini class FREMM frigate and Navantia with a redesigned F100.

“The three shortlisted designers must demonstrate and develop an Australian supply chain to support Australia’s future shipbuilding industry, and also how they will leverage their local suppliers into global supply chains,” Minister Pyne said.

“The government is committed to maximising Australian industry opportunities and participation, and this project will contribute to building a sustainable Australian shipbuilding workforce.”

The evaluation of the responses to the RFT is due to commence later this year.

Minister Pyne toured the FREMM frigate Carabiniere in February, and visited the Navantia-built Cristóbal Colón on March 17.

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Navantia’s SEA5000 proposal

Navantia of Spain was the only one who showcased an actual scale model of its SEA5000 proposal. The vessel relies heavily on the Hobart class AWD design already selected by the RAN. A Navantia official explained there is “up to 70% commonality between the two platforms from a production stand point”. The vessel would be fitted with 48x MK41 VLS cells, a SAAB combat management system and 2 helicopter hangars.

Navantia SEA5000 proposal basic specifications:
Original design: RAN Hobart class ASW
Length overall: 147.2 m
Max beam: 18.6 m
End of life displacement: 7400 t
Accommodation: 237

Hobart class: Details

Fincantieri SEA5000 proposal

During an industry meeting at PACIFIC 2015, Fincantieri unveiled the design of its proposal for the SEA5000 Future Frigate program. Based on the Italian Navy FREMM ASW (Virginio Fasan class), Fincantieri says it recently conducted feasibility studies to proof the possibility to use its FREMM platform to cope with different Navy requirements (including Canada and Australia). The Italian FREMM “can easily accommodate the CEAFAR2 [ed. note Fincantieri presentation mentionned the CEA PAR system]; weigh, CVG, electrical power consumption and fluidic requirements are aligned with the platform capabilities, without the necessity of major modifications”. Finally, Fincantieri says it can easily install the SAAB CMS on board.

Fincantieri SEA5000 proposal basic specifications:
Original design: ASW FREMM (Virginio Fasan class)
Length: 144 m
Max beam: 19.4 m
Displacement: 6,700 t
Accommodation: 167 (up to 200 for RAN)

Italian Navy FREMM: Details

BAE Systems SEA5000 proposal

The Type 26 is the future Anti-Submarine Warfare Frigate that will replace the Royal Navy’s 13 Type 23 frigates and other ships. BAE Systems says the Type 26 / Global Combat Ship will be a highly capable and versatile multi-mission warship designed to support anti-submarine warfare, air defence and general purpose operations anywhere on the world’s oceans. Navy Recognition could not meet a BAE representative who could talk about the SEA5000 GCS but we understand that it would be fitted with Mk41 cells exclusively (no CAMM which are present on the UK design) as well as a BAE Systems Mk 45 5 inch main gun.

BAE Systems SEA5000 proposal basic specifications:
Original design: Global Combat Ship (Royal Navy Type 26)
Length: 148.5 m
Max beam: 20 m
Displacement: 6,000 t
Accommodation: 118 crew + 72 embarked forces

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Royal Navy Type 26: Details


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