UK and Australia commit to shipbuilding partnership
The MoU signed this week re-enforces the two countries’ commitment to working together on delivering these important high profile national programmes and exploiting mutual opportunities.
A key aspect of the MOU is a pledge on information exchange to ensure shipbuilding best practice is shared and that both frigate programmes deliver world beating maritime capabilities to the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy.
The agreement also sets out a framework to enable both nations to utilise the T26 and Hunter programmes to create jobs and contribute to the growth of the UK and Australian economies, seeking to support small and medium-sized enterprises.
Prototyping for the Hunter Class Frigate Programme will begin by the end of 2020. ■