Australia launches $35b frigate fleet plan

HMAS Perth (III), the eighth Anzac class frigate built by Tenix Defence Systems for the Royal Australian Navy.
HMAS Perth (III), the eighth Anzac class frigate built by Tenix Defence Systems for the Royal Australian Navy.PHOTO: ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY

But nine -ship project raises concerns over the risk of cost blow-outs and delays

Australia is embarking on a A$35 billion (S$35.4 billion) project to secure a new fleet of frigates but the massive undertaking has raised concerns about the risk of cost blow-outs and delays.

The nine naval ships, to be built in Australia from 2020, will primarily be anti-submarine and will be able to carry combat helicopters. It will be the second-biggest project in Australian history, behind the new A$50 billion contract for new submarines - a deal won by French firm Naval Group.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2018, with the headline 'Australia launches $35b frigate fleet plan'. Print Edition | Subscribe