The program is scheduled to commence in 2020 at Osborne Naval Shipbuilding Precinct as part of a continuous build.
Three designers have been shortlisted to refine their designs through a competitive evaluation process – BAE Systems; Fincantieri; and Navantia. The frigates will incorporate the Australian-developed CEA Phased-Array Radar.
The new frigates will be larger and more capable than the ANZACs, with a heavy emphasis on anti-submarine warfare. The design and construction phase of the program is valued at approximately $35 billion with the program expected to create more than 2000 jobs in South Australia.
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