Saab to provide combat management system for RAN’s future frigates

Saab has been identified by the Australian government to provide the tactical interface to the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) fleet of nine Future Frigates, the company announced.

The Saab 9LV Combat Management System would form an integral part of the Future Frigate and upgraded Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) combat capability as well as being selected for the Offshore Patrol Vessels.

Saab has earlier delivered the combat management systems for the RAN’s ANZAC class frigates, Canberra class Landing Helicopter Dock vessels and was selected for the new supply ships.

“Saab welcomes the announcement made today by the Australian Prime Minister that confirms Saab as an integral part of the government’s enterprise approach to combat management systems. This is an endorsement of the advanced combat system capabilities we have developed for the RAN and we look forward to working closely with the Australian Defence Force to deliver highly capable systems for the Future Frigates and other platforms“, says Dean Rosenfield, Managing Director of Saab Australia.

According to the statement from the company, there is no contract signed or order received by Saab at this time.

“The government’s decisiveness and support for Australian industry will give Saab certainty to invest in the long-term. With a contract in place, this will mean new job opportunities and growth on the Australian market, carrying out development and support across every major ship in the Australian fleet”, says Dean Rosenfield.

RAN has earlier selected Aegis Combat System (ACS) integrated naval weapons system and CEAFAR Active Phased Array Radar for its future frigates.

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