Integrated communications system contract for Australia’s Hunter class frigates program awarded

5 May 2022


Thomson Geer has advised integrated communications solutions provider Rohde & Schwarz Australia on the awarding of a major contract to supply the integrated communications systems for Australia’s new Hunter class frigates being built in South Australia by BAE Systems Maritime Australia.

The contract will see Rohde & Schwarz Australia supply an integrated communications system for up to nine Hunter class frigates.

Thomson Geer advised and supported Rohde & Schwarz Australia and its parent, German-based Rohde & Schwarz, in their negotiations with BAE Systems Australia.

Led by Partner Demetrios Christou, Thomson Geer brought a national, multidisciplinary team with expertise in information technology, intellectual property and defence procurement to assist Rohde & Schwarz.

“Our experience working on various procurement projects in the defence sector and our understanding of the unique requirements associated with them enabled us to support Rohde & Schwarz to secure this contract,” Demetrios said.

“We’re pleased to be part of a team that’s delivering what will be a major boost to Australia’s naval capacity.”

The $45 billion Hunter class frigate program will see BAE Systems deliver nine ships to the Australian Navy from its Adelaide shipyards. Construction of the first frigate is due to begin in 2024.

Rohde & Schwarz has been operating in Australia for 40 years through Rohde and Schwarz Australia. The company provides leading solutions and expertise to customers in the fields of wireless communications, RF test and measurement, broadcast and media, aerospace and defence, cybersecurity and network technology. Rohde & Schwarz is also the supplier of the integrated communications system for the United Kingdom’s Type 26 frigate programme.

The Thomson Geer team was led by Partner Demetrios Christou and included Partner Mark Feetham, Senior Associate Diane Sargeant, and Lawyer Ashlee Broadbent.