Australia awards BAE, Saab and NSM for Anzac Class Frigates maintenance and upgrade contract

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne announced on March 2; the Defence Department has signed a $1.2 billion deal with a consortium of local companies to maintain and upgrade Australia’s eight frigates.

The new contract narrows a $2 billion, eight-year agreement with BAE Systems, Saab Australia and Naval Ship Management (NSM). Naval Ship Management (Australia) Pty. Ltd. is a Joint Venture between UGL and Babcock, established to execute the ANZAC Class Maintenance Contracts.

Mr Pyne said the follow-on contract would ensure the jobs of almost 1700 workers across the country, with facilities in Sydney, Adelaide and Williamstown also receiving work.

“This strategic partnership will see highly skilled jobs secured around the country, including in small and medium-sized businesses,” Mr Pyne said.

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The Anzac class is based on the German Meko 200 frigate design with eight ships constructed in Australia for the Royal Australian Navy.

Anzac class is a long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. The ships are fitted with an advanced package of air and surface surveillance radars; omni-directional hull mounted sonar and electronic support systems that interface with the state-of-the-art 9LV453 Mk3E combat data system. They can counter simultaneous threats from aircraft, surface vessels and submarines.


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SAAB to equip Trackfire RWS for Swedish Combat Boat 90

Saab has received an additional order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) regarding Trackfire Remote Weapon Station (RWS) for the Royal Swedish Navy. Trackfire RWS will be installed on the new Combat Boat 90 (Strb90 HSM) used by the navy’s amphibian forces.

The new Combat Boat 90 will be operated by the Swedish navy’s amphibian forces.

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The order is in addition to a Trackfire RWS order received by Saab from the FMV in August 2017.

The family of Trackfire Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) builds on over 40 years of developing electro-optic fire control platforms for both the Land and Naval environments. Thus, Trackfire has designed for use on all types of military platforms including vehicles, vessels and static emplacements.

You can read SAAB original press release here


 

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SAAB to deliver updated ship control system for RAN Collins Class submarines

Saab has signed a contract with ASC for supply of an updated Integrated Ship Control Management and Monitoring System (ISCMMS) for four Royal Australian Navy Collins class submarines. The contract value is AUD 24.2 million (150 MSEK).

“Saab Australia carried out design, software and hardware development work for the updated ISCMMS during the first stage of the project. Saab’s design and production work has been carried out in Australia involving over 50 Saab and local subcontractor staff.” says Andy Keough, Managing Director of Saab Australia.

ASC will integrate the new system into the remaining submarines commencing in 2019, as they complete their maintenance cycles.

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ISCMMS allows the submarine crew to centrally control many submarine systems, fully integrating the management of propulsion, trim, power generation and ship services on board the submarine.

ASC Official Press Release here

SAAB Official Press Release here

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Saab Provides Tactical Data Links to Swedish Navy

Swedish Defence Materiel Administration has awarded Saab a contract to provide Multi Tactical Data Links to the Swedish Navy. The total order value is SEK 148 million ($18.3 million)

The Navy platforms will be upgraded with data links such as Link 16 and Link 22.This enables closer co-operation and communication with other nations at sea during missions.

Saab 9LV Combat Management System (CMS) will be upgraded as part of the deliveries.

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“The integration of the Tactical Data Links into the Saab 9LV CMS on board the Navy’s surface warfare vessels will further strengthen Swedish Navy’s operational capability,” says Anders Carp, Senior Vice President and head of Saab’s business area Surveillance.”

Link 16 is a military tactical data exchange network used by NATO and associated nations to allow military aircraft, ships and ground forces to exchange tactical information securely in near real-time. Link 22 is primarily maritime and complements Link 16.

Saab’s 9LV CMS is used as command and control centre for many advanced surface vessels and submarines, providing naval forces with outstanding operational capabilities, supporting all mission types, from littorals to the open ocean.

3 European company bidding for Poland’s Orka submarine program

Poland is looking to acquire three new submarines to replace its remaining three, old Koben-class submarines.

Defense Ministry of Poland said they received offers from Germany, Sweden and France :

  • France – Naval Group : Scorpene-class subs armed with MBDA’s naval cruise missiles
  • Germany – ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems : 212CD-class
  • Sweden – Kockum (SAAB) : A26-class

The Polish Defence Ministry spokeswoman, Col. Anna Pęzioł-Wójtowicz, said that “a final decision concerning the production of submarines will be made by Poland in the near future, after receiving replies from France, as well as from our other potential partners.”

The discussions form part of Poland’s Orka (Orca) programme, which costs EUR 2.4 billion, plan to acquire modern submarines for the Polish navy. Poland intends to purchase three to four submarines, which will be equipped with cruise missiles.

Once the contractor has been chosen, submarine deliveries are expected to start between 2024 and 2026.

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