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REDARC signs lighting contract for Hunter frigates

REDARC Defence & Space has been awarded a $23 million contract to supply 12,600 LED lights for the first batch of three Hunter class warships.

REDARC and UK company MARL International's contract is a five-year collaboration that will see Lonsdale-based REDARC delivering lighting and related parts for the Royal Australian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare frigates.

The Hunter class frigates to be built at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia are based on BAE Systems’ reference ship Type 26 design. BAE Systems Australia is working closely with the Commonwealth to build Australian industrial capability by contracting small and medium Australian businesses that are collaborating with the supply chain for the Type 26 frigates, under construction in the UK.

REDARC Defence & Space is partnering with MARL International to manufacture and supply 79 different types of lights for each frigate, including bunk and flood lights, weather deck and step lights, and general and emergency lights.

BAE Systems Australia's Maritime Managing Director, Craig Lockhart, said:

“I welcome the partnership between REDARC Defence & Space and MARL International, which will lead to Australians manufacturing thousands of lights and related parts for the first batch of three Hunter class frigates" 

REDARC’s Managing Director and owner, Anthony Kittel, added:

“Being able to deliver exceptionally high-quality maritime LED lights – manufactured, sustained, and supported in Australia – is a great step for us. This contract will allow REDARC Defence & Space to further grow our defence workforce and upskill our current staff as well as our Australian supply chain.”

MARL International's Managing Director, Adrian Rawlinson, said:

“Between us we will supply a superb lighting solution for the Hunter class frigates, delivering state-of-the-art operational performance, reduced through-life costs and environmental benefits."

Source: REDARC

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