AMCAP upgrade: HMAS Arunta gets new mast

BAE Systems Australia has shared a video of the installation of a new mast on board the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Arunta.

The Anzac-class frigate is currently undergoing Mid Life Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) at Henderson facility.

The new mast was manufactured by BAE Systems as part of the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) between BAE Systems, SAAB Australia, Naval Ship Management (NSM) and the Commonwealth of Australia.

The mast installation is one of the last major works on the ship ahead of her undocking before the end of the year. She will then undertake sea trials ahead of a planned return to service in 2019.

As explained, the replacement mast is taller and wider than the existing mast so that it can accommodate the new CEA L-Band radar system, while retaining the existing Anti-Ship Missile Defence radar capability. The new L-Band radar capability will be integrated into the existing Combat Management Systems of the ship by SAAB Australia.

HMAS Arunta arrived at Henderson in September 2017. As part of her upgrade, she will have upgraded ventilation systems, new sewage systems, improvements to the control and monitoring system, engine modifications to improve power and efficiency and a new communications suite.

The control and monitoring system of the ship has also received a technological refresh, replacing existing analogue technology with digital. This is the first time that such a technology refresh has been undertaken on such a large scale on the Anzac class ships, according to BAE Systems.

HMAS Anzac, which arrived at Henderson facility in September this year, has also commenced her AMCAP upgrade.

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