BAE Systems plans to collaborate with the U.K. government to transfer shipbuilding data worth approximately $1.1 billion to Australia if the company wins the latter country’s frigate construction project.
The intellectual property transfer is meant to support the Australian industry’s efforts to build, modernize and support the fleet of nine future frigates under Australia’s SEA 5000 program, BAE said Thursday.
The transfer will include all ship parts, materials, systems and subsystems that BAE used to construct the British navy’s Type 26 frigates.
BAE proposed its Global Combat Ship-Australia platform to replace Australia’s Anzac-class frigates as part of the company’s SEA 5000 bid.
GCS-A is based on Type 26 ships and is designed to support submarine hunting missions as well as other undersea, air and surface warfare operations.
The frigate will feature a large mission bay to help meet operational requirements such as humanitarian responses and deployments of troops and unmanned vehicles.