If BAE Systems wins the SEA 5000 bid to build nine frigates for the Royal Australian Navy, it expects to create more than 5000 jobs including 1000 apprenticeships and graduate roles.

It will also give Australian businesses access to its global supply chain expenditure of more than $18 billion a year.

BAE Systems SEA 5000 Managing Director Nigel Stewart will give a rundown of opportunities for WA businesses at the WA Works Sundowner on November 14.

He says the Future Frigates program will require collaboration, knowledge-sharing and partnerships across a range of organisations.

Australian businesses would also be granted access to Batch 2 of the UK Type 26 program, a variant of which BAE Systems has submitted in its SEA 5000 bid. BAE Systems has been named lead contractor to deliver the global combat ships to the UK’s Royal Navy and has already sought suppliers from Australia to help deliver the order.

“Securing work on a project the size and scale of the UK’s Type 26 to be built for the Royal Navy would position any Australian business well for future opportunities,” BAE Systems Australia Director Strategy Fran Murphy said recently.

“The Global Combat Ship has been designed for export and is currently being offered to Australia and other nations around the world.”

The company would be at the cutting edge of shipbuilding by developing the country’s first digital shipyard in Adelaide if it wins the $30b Future Frigates program.

The digital shipyard would ensure every aspect of the ship during the design and build and throughout its service life was live and accessible to the crew as well as those involved in the maintenance and upgrades of the fleet and approved suppliers.

“Digitisation enables a significant step change across every element of a traditional ship design and build program,” BAE Systems CEO Glynn Phillips said.

“Our investment will ensure that everyone on the program has access to information that will save time and money and facilitate greater innovation in our supply chain. This innovation could lead to export opportunities for Australian businesses on a 17 ship production program, given the Type 26 construction already underway in the UK.

 “Having a single point of truth in the design phase will mean that each of the nine ships will be replicated, which hasn’t been done in Australia previously and which will benefit every stage of the program including the upgrading and maintenance of the ships during service.”

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