Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2028
Total Production: 9
Also Known As: Future Frigate Program and Sea 5000
Origin: Australia
Corporations: ASC Shipbuilding, BAE Systems* and Saab   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Hunter
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2028
Total Production: 9
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Description: The Future Frigate Program, also referred to as Sea 5000 program, is aimed at delivering nine guided missile frigates as replacement for the ANZAC frigate class within the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The 6,000 to 7,000 ton class Sea 5000 frigates will be outfitted with the Aegis weapon system as stated in October 2017. Three major contractors are competing for this program: Navantia of Spain is offering a modified F100 class frigate; Fincantieri is offering a modified FREMM frigate; and BAE Systems is offering the Type 26 class frigate modified for the export market. Australia is expected to take a decision on the Future Frigate Program in 2018 with the construction of the first ship expected to begin in 2020. On June 29, 2018, Australia selected BAE Systems and Type 26 Global Combat Ship design as the basis for the Future Frigate Program which is now called the Hunter class.

Hunter Specifications

Crew: 180
Number of Aircraft: 1
Number of Engines: 1
Beam: 20.8 meter (68 foot)
Length: 150 meter (492 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 127 millimeter
Max Range: 7,000 nautical mile (12,964 kilometer)
Top Speed: 27 knot (13.9 mps)
Full Displacement: 8,800 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Hunter News

There are 6 news between
3 Oct 2017 and 15 Jan 2020
Wednesday, January 15, 2020FMS: Australia Requests Surface Combatant Program
Friday, November 23, 2018Saab Selected as Combat System Integration Partner for Hunter Class Frigates
Friday, June 29, 2018Australia Selects BAE Systems to Build Nine Sea 5000 Hunter-Class Frigates
Tuesday, June 26, 2018FMS: Australia Seeks AEGIS Combat System Equipment for Australia Surface Combatants
Tuesday, October 3, 2017Australia Selects Saab 9LV Combat Management System for Future Frigate Program
Australia Selects Aegis Weapon System for Future Frigate Program

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 91
Cannons & Gear
Mk 41 Strike Length
Mk 45 mod 4x1
Defensive Weapons
MU90 Impact
Standard SM-2 Block IIIB
Propulsion Systems
Protection Systems
Sensor Systems
Sonar 2087x1
Sonar 2150x1
Support Aircraft
MH-60R Strikehawkx1

Hunter Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
FFP1 -2028-
FFP2 -2029-
FFP3 -2030-
FFP4 -2031-
FFP5 -2032-
FFP6 -2033-
FFP7 -2034-
FFP8 -2035-
FFP9 -2036-

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