Navantia contracts Airspeed to conduct Future Frigate studies

13 December 2017

Navantia Australia has signed a deal with Australian composite manufacturer Airspeed to conduct design studies into the use of composite materials on ships for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), including its proposed Future Frigates.

Under the terms of the agreement, announced on 13 December, Airspeed will develop options to introduce composites into Navantia ship designs including Navantia’s F-5000 model, which the Spanish group is proposing for the RAN’s AUD35 billion (USD25.5 billion) Future Frigate programme under SEA 5000.

Navantia said its engagement with Airspeed reflected its commitment to developing local shipbuilding capability in Australia.

“Part of building a sovereign national shipbuilding capability is partnering with Australian companies to develop new technologies and materiel applications, such as composites, which can be rapidly incorporated into existing designs,” said Navantia Australia managing director Donato Martinez.

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