Saab has signed an Enterprise Partnering Agreement with the Australian Department of Defence to provide combat management systems across frontline Royal Australian Navy surface vessels.
According to the agreement, Saab will deliver its Next Generation’ Combat Management System (CMS) to Australia’s new Arafura class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and the Supply class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ships. Saab will also modernise the 9LV CMS currently in use in the Anzac class frigates and will provide the software for the future tactical interface for the Hobart class air warfare destroyer (AWDs) when their current CMS is modernised.
Saab Australia will also leverage their ‘Next Generation’ CMS experience in the development of the Australian interface to the Aegis system, for the Hunter class frigates and the Hobart class destroyers.
“This agreement is an important milestone in our long-standing relation with Australia and we look forward to continue building our partnership and supporting the Royal Australian Navy’s capability with our state-of-the art combat management system”, says Anders Carp, head of Saab business area Surveillance.
Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said Saab’s ‘Next Generation’ Combat Management System is a critical element of a ship’s fighting capability and will help to ensure Navy can protect Australia in the decades ahead.
“Our Government is committed to ensuring our Navy is fully equipped to protect Australia from future threats,” Minister Reynolds said. “This commitment will enhance surface fleet interoperability and lethality, and support the ability to operate as a joint force with our coalition partners and allies.”
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said it was a great sign to see such advanced capability being developed here in Australia.
“For more than 30 years, Saab Australia has established a strong relationship with Navy in delivering the combat management systems for the ANZAC class frigates and Canberra class Landing Helicopter Dock vessels,” Minister Price said. “This system was designed in Australia and is contributing to the build-up of our sovereign capability, which is crucial to delivering our Naval Shipbuilding Plan.”
As previously announced, Saab will deliver the tactical interface to the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of Hunter class frigates. The tactical interface will be also based on Saab’s ‘Next Generation’ CMS.