The government of Australia has announced a continuous shipbuilding proposal that would move
forward local construction of new
frigates and patrol vessels to maintain the industrial base at Australian
shipyards and save up to 2,500 jobs.
The plan will advance the Future
Frigate (SEA 5000) by three years
and the Offshore Combat Vessel
(OCV) (SEA 1180) by two. Together
with the 12 submarines that are part
of the SEA 1000 program, the overall
package is worth about $65 billion.
The construction phase for the
OCV program will begin in 2018
and the Future Frigate in 2020. The
competitive evaluation process is
expected to begin in October. The
final part of the proposal is to insert
an additional $890 million to complete the Hobart-class destroyer
program (SEA 4000).
SEA 5000 calls for up to 10 frigates to replace the eight Anzac-class
frigates currently in service. They
will be in the 6,000-ton range and
have an area air defense capability in
addition to anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare capabilities.
A hull has yet to be chosen and
the Navantia hull (F-100) used for
the Hobart-class (Air Warfare
Destroyer) program has been ruled
out. CEA Australia more than likely will provide the combat system
for all 10 frigates.
The OCV program calls for 20
common hulls (modular) that will
replace the 14 Armidale-class patrol
boats, six Huon-class mine counter-
measures vessels (MCMVs) and two
Leeuwin-class hydrographic survey
ships. As of August, it appears that
the OCV program will entail a com-
mon hull of around 2,000 tons. The
OCVs will be heavily dependent on
unmanned maritime systems espe-
cially for the MCMV variants.
Reach Sub Deal
Pakistan and China have agreed to
terms on a $4 billion to $5 billion
deal for the procurement of up to
eight Chinese-designed submarines
for the Pakistani Navy. Financial
agreements were concluded during a
meeting between Pakistan’s Finance
Minister, Ishaq Dar, and Chinese
state-owned China Shipbuilding and
Offshore International Co. Ltd.
The agreement still is subject to
final review from higher authorities
in Beijing, which then will be followed by the formal agreement. The
financial agreements were the final
phase of negotiations that started in
2011. The technology transfer agreements were concluded in 2014.
The deal still is expected to be
signed by both parties when
China’s President Xi Jinping visits
Pakistan before the end of the year.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz
Sharif announced in April that the
Pakistani Navy was considering the
Yuan (Type 041) and the export S20
design. The first four units are
expected to be made in China at
either the Wuhu or Jiangnan Ship-
yards and with the final four built at
Karachi Shipbuilding and En-
gineering Works (KSEW) in Paki-
stan with Chinese assistance. It is
possible China could build addi-
tional units if Pakistan falls behind
on its building schedule. This will
be the most aggressive naval build-
ing program for KSEW to date.
Assuming the contract signature
by the end of the year, the first four
units that will be built in China
could start the construction phase
in early 2016 with delivery by 2022.
The first Pakistani unit could start
construction by the end of 2016.
Thailand’s Defense Minister, Prawit
Wongsuwan, has announced that a
recently approved submarine procurement program will be put on
hold. According to the defense
minister, the purchase plan for the
Continuous Shipbuilding Plan
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As part of a continuous shipbuilding plan, Australia will move up the schedules of
its Future Frigate (SEA 5000) and Offshore Combat Vessel (SEA 1180) programs. The SEA 5000 program will build up to 10 frigates to replace the current
Anzac-class fleet. The HMAS Anzac is shown here.