Raytheon onboard Australia’s Hunter-class frigate program
Raytheon Anschütz, a business of Raytheon Technologies, has signed a contract with BAE Systems Australia’s maritime division for the initial design work of an integrated navigation and bridge system for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Hunter-class frigate program.
The contract with BAE Systems is for initial engineering work, with the potential for scope to ramp up over time. Under this initial scope, Raytheon Anschütz will provide systems design engineering and requirements verification for the warship integrated navigation and bridge system (WINBS).
“The contract signing with Raytheon Anschütz as the navigation system integrator in this early phase of the Hunter program marks the starting point to execute and maximize localization opportunities with the Australian industry,” Raytheon Anschütz’ country manager for Australia Andrè Moritz stated.
Raytheon Anschütz will leverage experience gained from integration of its WINBS into Type 26 frigates, under construction in the UK, as well as the radar replacement program for the RAN’s ANZAC class.
“WINBS, which is based on our SYNAPSIS integrated navigation system, has become a … scalable and modular naval navigation solution, and will serve the RAN with a … navigation suite over the coming decades,” Raytheon Anschütz’ head of naval surface combatants business unit Jörg Dammrich commented.
BAE Systems Australia’s maritime division will design, build and deliver nine of these anti-submarine warfare frigates to the RAN. Recently, the firm revealed that twelve firms from Australia will be subcontracted to manufacture, assemble and supply thousands of valves for the first batch of three Hunter-class frigates.
The Hunter-class frigates are based on the Type 26 reference ship design which is currently under construction in Glasgow for the Royal Navy.