Press release
Thursday, June 21, 2018

World’s Best Sonar Domes to be Installed on SEA 5000 Future Frigates

UK-based advanced manufacturing company, Tods Defence, has signed a Head of Terms (HoT) agreement with Australian company RPC Technologies (RPC) to manufacture and support sonar domes should BAE Systems be successful in its bid to construct the nine Future Frigates for the Royal Australian Navy under project SEA 5000.

The agreement with RPC was facilitated through BAE Systems Australia’s Global Access Program and has enabled the two similar companies to work together and share technology that will enable local Australian manufacturing and ongoing support of the Sonar Domes required for the Future Frigates.

The HoT is the first step in a wider involvement between Tods Defence and RPC in the international defence sector.  The agreement opens the path for Tods Defence and RPC to exchange technology and offer acoustic composite solutions to other maritime programs in Australia.

Tods Defence Managing Director Pete Eckersall said the support provided by BAE Systems’ Global Access Program enabled them to bring two great companies together.

“Not only will this relationship allow us to transfer technology enabling the local manufacture and ongoing support of our Sonar Dome technology for the SEA 5000 project, but it also allows our companies to collaborate on other opportunities on a larger scale,” he said.

“RPC offers Tods Defence the opportunity for a single relationship into Australia, where RPC will use its local supply chain to provide the entire Sonar Dome solution for maritime contracts.”

Tods Defence was established in 1932 as W&J Tod Limited and transitioned into boat building and Defence work during the 1960s before finally joining the Unitech family in 2013.

RPC Managing Director Tony Caristo said the company had established itself as a high-quality SME in the Australian Defence Land and Naval systems sector over the past 40 years.

“This announcement is a great testament to our ability to work in the competitive Defence sector,” said Mr Caristo. “It means RPC are well-positioned to provide world-class innovation to assist BAE Systems deliver Australian Industry Capability should the Company be chosen as the prime contractor for SEA 5000.”

Founded in the 1970’s, RPC is a privately-owned Australian SME successfully supplying complex composite solutions to global markets including Infrastructure, Transport, Mining, Defence and Power.


Tods Defence and RPC sign Heads of Terms Agreement