29 Juli 2015
The air warfare destroyer Hobart after its launch at Osborne. (photo : AdelaideNow)
The option of using the Navantia-designed hull of Australia's Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) as the basis for the proposed Future Frigate that will replace the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) Anzac-class fleet has been quietly dropped, informed sources have told IHS Jane's .
At the same time, a reported limit on the displacement of the Future Frigate has been set aside in favour of assessing the capability effects of competing platforms, an industry briefing was told on 15 July.
Both developments clear the way for a robust international competition to build at least eight Future Frigates under Project Sea 5000.