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BAE Systems proposes ‘digital shipyard’ for Australia

22 September 2017

BAE Systems Australia has outlined a plan to invest AUD100 million (USD80 million) in a new “digital shipyard” in Adelaide, South Australia, if it is selected to build Future Frigates for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the company said in a statement on 21 September.

The statement said that BAE Systems Australia would facilitate the transfer to Adelaide of intellectual property (IP) and technical data – including the digital ship design optimised for the production of the Global Combat Ship (GCS) – together with naval shipbuilding processes tailored to the requirements of shipyard.

BAE Systems Australia is seeking to win the SEA 5000 Future Frigate programme, which features the construction of nine vessels for AUD35 billion (USD26.25 billion), with a variant of its Type 26 GCS design, which BAE Systems recently started building for the UK Royal Navy (RN).

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