Australian company Airspeed has received a contract from BAE Systems to supply for the UK Global Combat Ship project.

The programme to develop the Type 26 Global Combat Ship for the British Royal Navy currently involves building three multi-mission warships in Glasgow, Scotland.

Under the contract, Airspeed will design and build the replenishment at sea stump mast (RASSM) for the first batch of three Type 26 ships.

The RASSM is intended to enable the transfer of ammunition and small amounts of stores to a ship at sea.

BAE Systems awarded this contract under its Global Access Program. Six other Australian companies were previously selected for the Type 26 programme, including Electro Optic Systems, Liferaft Systems Australia, Thales Australia, Mackay Consolidated Rubber, Rowlands Metalworks, and CBG Systems.

Australia Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said: “Airspeed is the latest Australian company to win an export opportunity to supply the UK’s Type 26 frigate programme, and will design and build the replenishment at sea stump mast for the UK’s newest warships.”

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The Global Combat Ship can be used to support anti-submarine warfare, air defence and general purpose operations.

The Type 26 is set to replace the UK’s Type 23 frigates. The first warship is expected to join the Royal Navy fleet in the 2020s.

BAE Systems Australia’s subsidiary ASC Shipbuilding is under contract to design and build nine Hunter-class anti-submarine warfare frigates for the Royal Australian Navy.

Based on the Type 26 ship design, the Hunter-class ships will feature next-generation capability.

ASC Shipbuilding managing director Craig Lockhart said: “On the Hunter programme we are committed to engaging with the nation’s defence industry and discovering the world-class capability that Australian companies offer, and I am delighted seven local businesses are now supplying into the Type 26 programme.”

Lockhart added that the supply contracts for the Type 26 programme will allow the company to evaluate the potential of local businesses to serve on other defence projects.