Australian Navy’s new replenishment ships to feature Saab’s combat systems

Australian Navy replenishment ships will be based on the Spanish Navy's 19,800-tonne SPS Cantabria design. Photo: Spanish Navy

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has contracted Swedish defense contractor Saab to deliver an integrated combat system for the two new Royal Australian Navy replenishment ships.

According to Saab, the contract is worth SEK 226 million (approx US$25 milion).

Helicopter control radar and decoy system are included in the procurement. The contract will also have Saab provide combat system engineering services including system design, integration and integrated logistic support.

“Saab will deliver an integrated combat system based on the latest Saab 9LV Combat Management System. Thanks to system integration, Saab’s products can communicate seamlessly over different platforms, which means that resources can be utilised more efficiently,” said Thomas Kloos, head of business unit Combat Systems and C4I solutions within Saab business area Surveillance.

The majority of the combat system engineering work will be undertaken in Adelaide with installation and acceptance testing of equipment to be completed in Spain.

The Saab 9LV system is already in service with the Anzac and Canberra-class ships of the Royal Australian Navy.

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