Navantia Australia to Partner with Hofmann Engineering for F-5000 Future Frigate
4 April 2018
Navantia Australia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Australian company Hofmann Engineering for the future frigate program. Hofmann Engineering is a premiere West Australian provider of engineering solutions and full turn-key tooling services with a wide technical and commercial presence in Australia.
“We are extremely proud to be able to work with such a renowned Australian company,” said Navantia Australia Chairman Warren King. “Hofmann Engineering will bring strong capability and experience to the continuous naval shipbuilding program and we look forward to working with them to further build Australia’s sovereign capability.”
The MoU is for the joint development and secure provision of the propeller, main reduction gear and propulsion shafting for Navantia Australia’s F-5000 future frigate proposal.
“We are excited to work with one of the world’s largest warship builders,” said Erich Hofmann, Managing Director of Hofmann Engineering. “The opportunity to work with Navantia Australia to bring technologies to Australia and develop them locally is a significant step forward for the development of a local sovereign industry.”
Hofmann Engineering has worked with the Royal Australian Navy since 1988, producing machined components, system components, propeller shafts, generator rebuilds and gearbox repairs, along with many other capabilities.
Navantia Australia has identified over 300 Australian companies which have the capability to contribute to the future frigate program. Building on the success of the Hobart Class destroyers, they are committed to establishing a sovereign naval shipbuilding capability in Australia.