Linda Reynolds, the Australian Minister for Defence, has visited the Govan shipyard to witness the build progress being made on GLASGOW, the first in class City Class Type 26.
Australia is building 9 ‘Hunt class’ variants of the Type 26 Frigate.
During her visit, BAE say that she announced the latest Type 26 supplier contract with Airspeed, an Adelaide-based company specialising in ‘design and build’ applications of composite materials for aerospace, maritime and energy-related projects.
Airspeed has been awarded the contract to provide the replenishment at sea stump mast (RASSM) for the first batch of three Type 26 ships which will run until 2023.
The RASSM allows for the resupply of ammunition and small of amounts of stores whilst the ship is at sea.
BAE said in a release:
“This is the second supplier from South Australia to supply into the Type 26 programme as part of our Global Access Program, joining: Electro Optic Systems, Liferaft Systems Australia, Thales Australia, Mackay Consolidated Rubber, Rowlands Metalworks and CBG Systems (Moonraker).”
Steve Barlow, Airspeed Managing Director, said:
“In recent years, we have evolved our aerospace background to roll out lightweight structural composites for the Collins class submarines and local warship programmes. This latest contract with BAE Systems to design and build a lightweight replenishment at sea stump mast (RASSM) for the Type 26 is a great opportunity to showcase the talent and technology innovation we have in our company.”
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said:
“It was fantastic to be hosted by BAE Systems today at Govan shipyard where I witnessed the progress of GLASGOW, first in class Type 26.”