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January 30, 2006

Navantia and Tenix team

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia and Australian defense prime contractor Tenix Defence will team to compete for the A$2 billion (US$1.5 billion) contract to construct two Amphibious Ships for the Royal Australian Navy.

Australia is seeking two ships, each able to transport up to 1,000 personnel, which have six helicopter landing spots and provision for a mix of troop lift and armed reconnaissance helicopters.

They will also be able to transport up to 150 vehicles, including the new M1A1 Abrams tanks and armored vehicles, and will also be equipped with medical facilities, including two operating theaters.

In a joint statement, the two companies said their team would submit a strong, comprehensive and very competitive bid for the important contract.

"We believe a Tenix/Navantia team will provide the greatest capability to the RAN at the lowest risk, and we look forward to working closely together on this exciting project," the companies said.

Navantia is constructing a 27,000 tonne Amphibious Ship for the Spanish Navy which offers similar capabilities to those required by Australia.

The Tenix/Navantia bid for the Australian Amphibious Ships contract will be based on this design.

Tenix Defence is the largest Australian-owned defense contractor and the only Australian-owned major defense prime contractor.

It is prime contractor for the A$7 billion (US$5.25 billion) ANZAC Ship Project, delivering a total of 10 ANZAC frigates to the Royal Australian and New Zealand Navies, on schedule and on budget.