The Minister for Defence Material, Hon Jason Clare, has visited Navantia's facilities in Fene-Ferrol, Northern Spain. Yesterday, the Minister had a meeting in Madrid with Luis Cacho, CEO of Navantia, where they discussed current programs and the possibility of future cooperation between Navantia and the Royal Australian Navy.
Today, the Minister has visited Fene-Ferrol shipyard in order to tour the facilities and observe the construction of 2 LHD's for the Royal Australian Navy (Canberra and Adelaide), as well as the status of the AWD engineering, based on the Spanish Navy F-100 frigates, which are being built in Adelaide.
“I am very impressed by the efforts of the Navantia team that has carried out the program within budget and ahead of schedule. The Australian navy will have the biggest ships in its history, even bigger than our current aircraft carrier. This will give Australia and our region impressive capabilities”, said the Hon Jason Clare.
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Navantia has a very strong and close working relationship with defence authorities in Australia, which is based largely on the two programs which are currently under development:
Design and construction by Navantia in cooperation with BAE Systems, Melbourne. The main production of the blocks (80% approx.) is excecuted at the Fene-Ferrol shipyard. Both LHD's are to be commissioned in Australia in 2014 and 2015.
Construction of 3 Air Warfare Destroyers in Australia by ASC (Adelaide South Australia), and integration of the combat system by Raytheon Australia, being Lockheed Martin the supplier of the AEGIS system. Navantia provides the design of the platform, based on the Spanish F-100 frigates adapted to Australian requirements, and the technical assistance.
Over and above this, Navantia is also providing some additional equipment for the AWD's, such as reduction gears, shaft lines, propulsion engines, diesel generators, IPMS (Integrated Platform Management System) and the turbine control systems. Navantia is also providing the internal communications system AWD NAVCOM and will be building blocks for the ships.
BOILERPLATE: Headquartered in Madrid, Navantia, the Spanish shipbuilder, is a world reference in the design, construction and integration of war ships, including new generation submarines. It is also engaged in the design and manufacture of Integrated Platform Management Systems, Fire Control Systems, Command and Control systems, Propulsion Plants and through life support for naval vessels. During their stay in Istanbul, the crew have received VIP visits both from members of the Turkish Navy as well as representatives of local industry, showing them all the ship's operating capacities that have resulted from Navantia's design and construction.
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