Ro-Po Max has very kindly allowed me to create a rendition of the planned Hunter-Class frigate using his excellent Type 26 drawing. I've attempted to employ some of the same methods of shading that they've used so as to make the modifications appear as seamless as possible. The exercise has been carried out through the use of the careful examination of the limited sources available on the vessel, but some of it has fallen to speculation. Whilst not pin-point accurate, it is as close a rendition as I felt possible within the amount of information I could find and my own drawing skills.
On 28 June 2018, (then) Australian Prime-Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that BAe's Type 26 as the winning bid for the SEA5000 Future Frigate Program, beating out Navantia and Fincantieri's offers of modified F100 and FREMM vessels respectively. Nine ships are planned to be built, with the first three named HMAS Hunter
, HMAS Flinders
, and HMAS Tasman
. Construction at the ASC Shipbuilding yards in Osborne, South Australia, is expected to begin in 2020. ASC Shipbuilding will become a subsidiary of BAe Systems during their manufacture. The first vessel is planned to enter service in the mid-late 2020s.
The ships will be fitted with an Australian CEAFAR 2 Phased-Array Radar, necessitating the design of an entirely new mast. Other systems will include Sonar 2087 Towed Array, Type 2150 Bow Sonar, Sharpeye and SCANTER 6000 Navigation radar. Armament will consist of a 5-inch gun; 2 x CIWS, 2 x 30mm cannon, 32 x Mk41 VLS, an unspecified 'Advanced Anti-Ship Missile', and MU90 Torpedoes. Each frigate will embark an MH-60R helicopter, with space being available in the flexible mission bay for a second helicopter if required.