Defence has signed an Enterprise Partnering Agreement with Saab Australia to deliver their ‘Next Generation’ Combat Management System.
A critical element of a ship’s fighting capability, the Saab ‘Next Generation’ Combat Management System will be delivered across Navy’s fleet including the ANZAC class frigates, new Arafura class offshore patrol vessels and Supply class replenishment ships.
In making the announcement, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said the agreement marked a major milestone for the Morrison Government’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan that would 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.”
Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said it was pleasing to see such advanced capability being developed in the country.
“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.”