International Systems Management Corp. (ISM Corp) is being awarded a contract for engineering support services to conduct feasibility studies, program planning and scheduling support, and technical services in support of the Royal Australian Navy’s SEA 4000 and SEA 5000 programs.
The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, worth around $7 million, was being awarded by the U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) located in Washington, District of Columbia.
This contract involves Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to the commonwealth of Australia. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to over $12 million.
Work will be performed in Washington, D.C. (92 percent); and Mobile, Alabama (8 percent), and is expected to be completed by April 2021. If all options are exercised, work will continue through April 2023.
Australian Future Frigate Program (SEA 5000)
The Future Frigate Program (SEA 5000) is a future class of frigates for the Royal Australian Navy to replace the ANZAC-class frigates.
Construction is expected to begin in 2020, with the first of nine vessels to enter service in the late 2020s.
The Program is expected to cost AU$35 billion and a request for tender was released in March 2017 to three contenders: Navantia, Fincantieri, and BAE Systems as part of a competitive evaluation process.
Australian Air Warfare Destroyer Program (SEA 4000)
SEA 4000 Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) is a Australian program to procure three new air warfare destroyers for the Royal Australian Navy.
The ships will replace the Adelaide-class frigates and restore the capability last exhibited by the Perth-class destroyers.
The first ship of the class HMAS Hobart (DDG 39) was commissioned into the Navy fleet on Sept. 23 last year. The second ship of the class, the future HMAS Brisbane (DDG 41) will be delivered to the Navy mid this year, and will be followed in quick succession by the delivery of the third and final destroyer, the future HMAS Sydney (DDG 42), in 2019.