Navantia Australia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hofmann Engineering to support the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) $25bn SEA5000 Future Frigate programme.
The deal will see Hofmann Engineering carry out joint development works and secure the provision of the propeller, main reduction gear and propulsion shafting for Navantia Australia’s proposed F-5000 frigate under the programme.
Hofmann Engineering is a Western Australia-based provider of engineering solutions and full turnkey tooling services.
The company has manufactured machined components, system components, propeller shafts, generator rebuilds and gearbox repairs since 1988, along with a variety of other capabilities in partnership with the RAN.
Navantia Australia chairman Warren King said: “We are extremely proud to be able to work with such a renowned Australian company.
“Hofmann Engineering will bring strong capability and experience to the continuous naval shipbuilding programme, and we look forward to working with them to further build Australia’s sovereign capability.”
Navantia Australia initially submitted its proposal to the Australian Government’s Future Frigate programme in August last year.
The company noted that its proposed F-5000 frigate design will be based on the Hobart Class destroyers.
Hofmann Engineering managing director Erich Hofmann said: “The opportunity to work with Navantia Australia to bring technologies to Australia and develop them locally is a significant step forward for the development of a local sovereign industry.”
Navantia claims to have identified more than 300 Australian companies to help deliver the capabilities required for the Future Frigate programme to date.