Rolls Royce has selected Australian engineering firm Marand as its local partner for the construction of the enclosures for its MT30 engines.

The proposed deal is conditional on BAE Systems being selected by the Australia Government to construct the nine new Future Frigates for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

BAE has offered to develop an indigenous version of the British Royal Navy’s Global Combat Ship as part of the Future Frigates programme (SEA 5000).

The new vessels are expected to replace the RAN’s current fleet of eight ageing Anzac-class frigates.

"Today’s announcement is a significant commitment by our combined team to develop and grow Australian capability for the SEA 5000 programme."

If approved, Rolls Royce’s MT30 engines will feature as a major component of the Australian Navy’s nine anti-submarine warfare future frigates.

BAE Systems Australia SEA 5000 managing director Nigel Stewart said: “Our approach is to create an economic powerhouse of advanced manufacturing in Australia.

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“Together with our major suppliers and partners, we are committed to creating and sustaining advanced manufacturing jobs and to help develop skills that will create a sovereign shipbuilding industry in Australia.

“Today’s announcement is a significant commitment by our combined team to develop and grow Australian capability for the SEA 5000 programme, and prepare Australian industry for future export opportunities.”

Rolls Royce is currently a primary supplier of critical equipment for the Royal Navy’s Type 26 frigates, which are being constructed by BAE Systems in the UK.

RAN’s SEA 5000 programme is estimated to be worth more than $35bn for acquisition.

The frigates developed under the initiative will be capable of carrying out a wide range of missions.

In addition, the vessels are to be integrated with a variety of offensive and self-protection systems.

The Australian Navy vessels are scheduled to be constructed in Adelaide, South Australia, from 2020.

The first Future Frigate is expected to be enter service with the navy in the late-2020s.