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Australian frigate project delayed amid reports of Austal inclusion

24 June 2018

Australia’s decision on who will lead the AUD35 billion (USD26 billion) programme to build next-generation frigates for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has been delayed amid reports that domestic shipbuilder Austal could play a role in the project.

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) was initially expected to reveal which of the three foreign tenderers – BAE Systems, Navantia, or Fincantieri – would lead the Sea 5000 project in May or early June. However, on 23 June Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne indicated that the government is close but not yet ready to make an announcement.

“The government has said that we will make an announcement about the successful tenderer in mid this year which is June and July.

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