Saab has received an order from the Australian Government under the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) that will see the continuation of sustainment for Navy’s ANZAC-class frigates.
WAMA is a strategic partnership which includes Saab Australia, BAE Systems Australia Defence and Naval Ship Management Australia.
This five-year follow-on programme is a continuation of the ongoing framework sustainment agreement that covers the ANZAC-class frigates, shore support and training facilities through the remaining life of the capability. Saab Australia has been supporting the ANZAC-class frigates for 20 years and, under the sustainment agreement, will continue to provide combat system engineering, in-service support and maintenance services.
“The signing of the WAMA is a recognition of our long-term commitment to the Royal Australian Navy. The ANZAC frigates are the trusted workhorse of the Navy and Saab has played an important role in evolving the fighting capability of the ships to meet current and future threats.” says Andy Keough, Managing Director for Saab Australia.
The majority of the work under WAMA will be carried out in Western Australia and at the Saab Australia headquarters in Adelaide.
The Anzac class (also identified as the ANZAC class and the MEKO 200 ANZ type) is a ship class of ten frigates; eight operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and two operated by the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN).
The frigates use a Combined Diesel or Gas (CODOG) propulsion machinery layout, with a single, 30,172-horsepower (22,499 kW) General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbine and two 8,840-horsepower (6,590 kW) MTU 12V1163 TB83 diesel engines driving the ship’s two controllable-pitch propellers.
Maximum speed is 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph), and maximum range is over 6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph).
The armament on the ship includes 5-inch 54 calibre Mark 45 Mod 2 dual purpose gun, eight-cell Lockheed Martin Mark 41 Mod 5 vertical launch system for RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missiles as a point-defence system and two 12.7-millimetre (0.50 in) machine guns for close defence.
The Australian frigates are armed with Harpoon Block II missiles in two quad-tube canister launchers, two M2HB .50 calibre machine guns in Mini Typhoon mounts and Mark 32 torpedo tubes fitted with the French-Italian MU90 Impact torpedo.
The Australian Anzacs are equipped with CEA Technologies’ CEAFAR and CEAMOUNT phased array radars, a Vampir NG Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system, and Sharpeye Navigational Radar Systems.
The ship has landing facility for a single helicopter.