Saab receives order for Anzac frigate upgrade services

HMAS Stuart, an Anzac-class frigate, is docked in preparation to undergo the ASMD upgrade. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

The Australian government has contracted the Swedish aerospace and defense company Saab for work on the sustainment of the combat system on Australia’s Anzac class frigates.

The order value amounts to AUD 37 million (approximately 248 million Swedish krona) and covers services from July 2016 until December 2017.

This is Saab Australia’s first order under the recently signed Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA), the company said. WAMA is an asset management organisation which is responsible for the overall performance and delivery of seaworthy Anzac class warships and support infrastructure to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

Under the long-term asset management agreement, Saab Australia, which is part of Saab business area Surveillance, will provide on-going engineering support services in both Western Australia and South Australia.

“The agreement and this order reflect our highly successful and long term commitment to the ANZAC frigate and the Royal Australian Navy,” said Dean Rosenfield, Managing Director for Saab Australia.

Saab is part of the WAMA team charged with ensuring that the ANZAC Class ships remain at a high level of availability and capability for the Royal Australian Navy. Together with CEA Technologies, Saab’s Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) system has been fitting the frigate with upgraded radar and combat system technology.

Saab hopes to build on the Anzac frigate collaboration in winning a combat system contract under the new Australian future frigate program.

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