BEA Systems has awarded two Australian companies with work on the Type 26 program building ships for the Royal Navy in the UK.
The contracts to Liferaft Systems Australia and Mackay Consolidated Industries were won under the Defence Global Supply Chain (GSC) program which is managed by the Centre for Defence Industry Capability.
Minister for Defence Industries Christopher Pyne, whi witnessed the signing of the contracts during a visit to the prime, said the program would provide export opportunities for Australian small-to-medium sized companies in the supply chains of prime defence contractors.
“I am delighted Tasmanian-based Liferaft Systems Australia (LSA) will provide the ship’s Marine Evacuation System, while Victorian-based Mackay Consolidated Industries will supply pipe hanger inserts,” Minister Pyne said. He expected further Australian companies would benefit from the United Kingdom’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship program in the future.
LSA already supplies its marine evacuation system to the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers as well as units of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. The pipe hangar inserts supplied by Mackay Consolidated Industries are a key component in reducing underwater noise, essential for anti-submarine warfare.
Minister Pyne also met with CEO BAE Systems Charles Woodburn to discuss further export opportunities for Australian companies within BAE Systems’ global supply chains.
“The signing of these two contracts today for the Type 26 program shows continuing momentum on the UK program, where we have commenced work on the first ship, Glasgow," Woodburn said. "Our Global Access Program ensures that Australian companies are able to compete for work across the entire BAE Systems global supply chain."
BAE Systems is competing for the Commonwealth’s Sea 5000 Future Frigate program, offering the Global Combat Ship design.