Navantia Australia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Century Engineering to support the Royal Australian Navy‘s (RAN) $25bn SEA5000 Future Frigate programme.

The deal will see Century Engineering carry out joint development services for the rudder arrangement and stowage locker for Navantia Australia’s proposed F-5000 frigate under the programme.

The company will also be responsible for supporting Navantia Australia in identifying areas of opportunity for potential internal stowage locker modifications to the RAN’s Canberra-class amphibious ships and Hobart-class destroyers.

Century Engineering is a multi-disciplined organisation based in Adelaide, Australia.

"Century Engineering has a wide technical and commercial presence in Australia and will bring its significant skills and experience in Naval shipbuilding programmes to the Future Frigate programme."

The company provides a wide range of end-to-end solutions for naval shipbuilding applications.

Navantia Australia managing director Donato Martinez said: “Century Engineering has a wide technical and commercial presence in Australia and will bring its significant skills and experience in Naval shipbuilding programmes to the Future Frigate programme.

“The experience, which Century has built as a supplier on the Hobart-class, will provide significant continuity between the Hobart-class and the F-5000, with opportunities for Australian companies such as Century to grow their business in naval shipbuilding.”

Navantia Australia originally submitted its proposal to the Australian Government’s Future Frigate programme in August 2017.

The company notes that its proposed F-5000 frigate design will be based on the Hobart Class destroyers.

The future frigates’ maritime warfare capabilities will feature an advanced, integrated underwater sensor suite, as well as enhanced signature management and noise reduction measures.

Additionally, the vessels are set to be capable of supporting all Australian Navy helicopters.

They will be equipped with advanced above-water sensors, as well as improved surface and air-warfare capabilities.

Navantia Australia’s bid for the F-5000 Future Frigates will involve input from several companies across the country.