Hunter Class frigate facility built to test combat systems

Hunter Class

The federal government plans to invest $65 million to deliver a land-based test facility for the Navy’s new Hunter Class frigates. This will create up to 180 jobs within businesses across the greater Adelaide region at the height of the project. 

Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd has been engaged as the head contractor to build the facility at the St Kilda Transmitting Station in South Australia. 

The test facility will aid in the testing and integration of combat systems for the Hunter program. This program is delivering nine anti-submarine warfare frigates to ensure Australia’s safety. 

“These works are part of the $2.1 billion Navy Capability Infrastructure Sub-program (NCIS) to deliver maritime and shore-side facilities around the country,” minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said. 

“Those facilities will support the operation of Navy’s new ships being obtained under the 2017 Naval Shipbuilding Plan. Under the government’s industry participation policy, Hansen Yuncken has produced an outstanding plan to maximise opportunities for local businesses to supply goods or services. 

“Hansen Yuncken’s target is to have 100 per cent of the work go to businesses in the greater Adelaide region.” 

The project is further evidence of the government’s commitment to deliver jobs in the electorate, according to Member for Sturt James Stevens. 

“This project will employ an average workforce during delivery of 90 people, peaking at around 180 on site,” Stevens said. 

“There will be many more employed through the supply chain and in off-site manufacturing. This truly is a significant win for the people of Sturt and for South Australia more broadly.” 

The construction of the Hunter Class test facility is due to start this month. It is anticipated to be completed by early 2023. 

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