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Raytheon Anschütz, a business of Raytheon Technologies, has signed a contract with BAE Systems Australia’s maritime division for initial design work of an integrated navigation and bridge system for the Royal Australian Navy’s HUNTER class frigate programme, the company writes in a press release. Raytheon Anschütz is to design and manufacture a Warship Integrated Navigation and Bridge System (WINBS) for the Royal Australian Navy’s nine anti-submarine warfare frigates.

The contract is for initial engineering work, with the potential for scope to ramp up over time. Under this initial scope, Raytheon Anschütz will provide systems design engineering and requirements verification for the WINBS. Raytheon Anschütz intends to leverage experience gained from integration of its WINBS with Type 26 frigates, under construction in the UK, as well as the radar replacement programme for the RAN’s ANZAC class.

The HUNTER class frigates are based on the Type 26 reference ship design which is currently under construction in Glasgow for the Royal Navy.