According to Plasan, the company will deliver the armour in partnership with Australian steel manufacturer Bisalloy Steel Australia who will be responsible for the production of the ballistic steel under the contract.
BAE Systems Australia will deliver nine Hunter-class frigates to the RAN – among the world’s most advanced anti-submarine warfare frigates, replacing the currently in-service Anzac-class frigates.
As Defence Industry Europe recently reported, Plasan has signed a contract to supply armour also for the Royal Navy’s Type 26 frigates.
“The unique installation approach that was demonstrated as part of the Type 26 delivery will allow for simple and cost-effective integration into the Hunter-class frigates,” Plasan said.
The Hunter frigates, to be built at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia, will provide increased capability and flexibility through an innovative design that includes a large flight deck, an integrated mission bay and hangar that will be able to support a range of manned and unmanned systems, and unique sonar capabilities.
Israeli company Plasan’s world-leading armour technology, flexibility and innovation has helped to secure this important programme. The quality and production processes within Plasan underpin the confidence that has been shown in selecting Plasan’s solution utilising Australian steel.