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All three companies shortlisted for SEA 5000
have welcomed the decision. BAE Systems Chief
Executive Glynn Phillips said that “We’re delighted
that BAE Systems Australia has been short-listed
to refine a design in the next stage of the SEA
5000 Competitive Evaluation Process”, adding that
“the BAE Systems Type 26 Global Combat Ship
is already in an advanced stage of design, is well
aligned with the timeline required for the Future
Frigates and would be an outstanding General
Purpose and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
Frigate for the Royal Australian Navy.”
Meanwhile a spokesperson for Fincantieri says
that the company “is honoured to be short-listed
by the Australian Government for this vital naval
vessel construction program” in a media statement.
The statement also emphasized that “Fincantieri’s
FREMM Frigate is a proven design with four of the
10 Frigates it is contracted to build for the Italian
Navy already in service”.
The three shortlisted designs are interesting
in their own right, featuring attributes that make
them suitable for SEA 5000’s requirements. The
FREMM and F100 are proven in-service designs,
with Navantia’s offering having the added advantage
of having an engineering and manufacturing
track record in Australia with the Hobart-class Air
Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program. BAE’s Global
Combat Ship, while not yet in production, offers
some unique selling points, such as the integrated
helicopter deck and mission bay, which will lend a
high degree of multi-mission versatility to the design.
The FREMM is a class of multi-purpose frigates
designed by DCNS/Armaris and Fincantieri for the
navies of France and Italy. The two European navies
plan to operate a total of seventeen ships between
them, with seven currently in service. The design is
currently also in service with the navies of Morocco
and Egypt with one each.
The Italian ships are built by Fincantieri, and
are longer and displace more than their French
counterparts. Measuring 144.6 m (474 ft) in length,
19.4 m (65 ft) beam and with a draught of 8.7m
(29 ft), the Italian FREMMs displace 6,700 tons
compared to 6,000 tons on the French versions that
are slightly shorter and have a shallower draught.
The Italian Navy has contracted Fincantieri to
build ten frigates, four of which are optimised for
ASW with the remaining six being General Purpose
(GP) frigates. Four are already in service, including
three of the ASW-configured ships with another two
currently under construction.
The Italian ships have larger helicopter hangar
spaces capable of storing one medium sized and
one large helicopter, and the ASW FREMMs are
currently fitted with both hull mounted and towed
sonar, as well as a multi-beam echo sounder.
In Italian service, the ASW FREMM primary
armament are 16 VLS cells for Aster 15 or 30
SAMs, 8 Teseo\Otomat Mk-2/A anti-ship and land
attack missiles, and 2 × triple WASS B-515/3
launchers for MU 90 torpedoes and 4 x Teseo\
Otomat Milas ASW missiles.
Fincantieri has reportedly been marketing its
FREMM design in Australia for SEA 5000, and the
company’s senior vice president product and market
development Enrico Bonetti has already visited
naval shipbuilding facilities in Adelaide and signalled
that the company was ready to build its frigates in
Fincantieri had unveiled its FREMM proposal
for SEA 5000 during a briefing at Pacific 2015,
saying that it had also conducted feasibility studies
of the design for SEA 5000 and Canada’s frigate
programs. It is confident that the FREMM "can
easily accommodate” CEA’s phased array radars
without requiring major modifications as well as the
SAAB 9LV CMS.
Luca Mattei, Fincantieri’s Vice President of
Engineering and Design, has told APDR that
the FREMM is strongly aligned with the features
and attributes sought by the Navy for SEA 5000,
saying that “Fincantieri’s frigate is highly suited to
perform in multi-operational roles - ranging from
protection and sea control to humanitarian relief
and evacuations - and in combat as an extremely
robust platform for Anti-Air, Anti-Surface and Anti-
He added that the ship is geared towards ASW,
and is designed “to function with low susceptibility
in terms of acoustic, magnetic, infra-red signature
and radar cross section and is adaptably designed
to accommodate installation of the Australian
Government’s preferred radar system, combat
management system and other technological and
The Álvaro de Bazán class (also known as the
F100 class of frigates) are a class of Aegis combat
system-equipped air defence frigates in service with
the Spanish Navy. They have been built by Navantia
in Ferrol, Spain and are fitted with the American
Aegis combat system allowing them to track
hundreds of airborne targets simultaneously as part
of its air defence network.
One of the latest ships of the class, the F105 is
the basis of the three Hobart-class AWDs that are
currently being built for the Navy in Adelaide by the
ASC under the coordination of the AWD Alliance.
The hull blocks for the ships were built by BAE
Systems in Williamstown, Victoria and Forgacs in
New South Wales.
Navantia had revealed at Pacific 2015 that
intensive engineering studies had been conducted
throughout most of last year to confirm that the
F100 hullform is suitable for the requirements of
SEA 5000 with modifications.
These studies include the incorporation of CEA’s
active phased-array radars the Saab 9LV combat
management system, and the capability to house
two embarked helicopters.
Navantia responded to the studies with 117
options and three possible configurations -
minimum, intermediate, and maximum, after looking
at 18 areas of potential change. Navantia also
listed options that the studies had indicated would
offer value for money in a separate paper, although
these were not submitted as recommendations,
according to Francisco Baron, director of
Navantia's Australian operations.
The new frigates will be expected to be designed and built with
an emphasis on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and be capable of
operations as part of a task group or independently.
The FREMM and F100 are proven in-service designs, with
Navantia’s offering having the added advantage of having an
engineering and manufacturing track record in Australia with the
Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program.
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