UK Shipping giant BAE Systems will outline supply chain opportunities for WA business if it’s successful in its SEA 5000 bid to build nine future frigates for the Royal Australian Navy.

BAE Systems is one of three contenders for the $30 billion contract – Spain’s Navantia and Italy’s Fincantieri are also in the mix – with the successful bidder set to be announced in April.

BAE Systems SEA 5000 Managing Director Nigel Stewart will give a rundown of the company’s record in defence, including 60 years working with the Australian government as a supplier, and opportunities for WA Business at the WA Works Sundowner on November 14.

The company is offering a variant of its Type 26 Global Combat Ship, which it’s manufacturing for the UK’s Royal Navy.

“By combining the formidable capability of our Type 26 anti-submarine warfare frigate with the heritage and skills we have in Australia, we are sure we can offer a proposition to the Government that is both transformational and compelling,” Stewart says.

“Our commitment is to establish a world class ship building capability in Australia that will build Australian ships with an Australian work force.

“The opportunity we will bring to Australia through SEA 5000 is unique.

“It offers us the chance to collaborate across the company by sharing our expertise and experience, transferring embedded knowledge from one market to benefit another.

Stewart says BAE Systems will help grow Australia’s export opportunities by opening up new markets for Australian industry its global supply chain.

►With a massive pipeline of defence tenders on the horizon, it’s an exciting time to be in the industry. Don’t miss your chance to get involved — register for the WA Works Sundowner with BAE Systems now.