The Government of Australia has agreed to acquire a new anti-submarine training system to boost its warfighting capabilities.
The move will see the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) partner with Saab Australia to adopt AUV62-AT, an intermediate anti-submarine warfare training target, into service.
The government has also allocated A$11m ($7.94m) for the purchase.
AUV62-AT supports Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) operator training, as well as onboard sonar and command systems check-ups.
Australian Minister of Defence Linda Reynolds said: “This advanced technology training target will simulate submarines and torpedos, providing highly realistic live training scenarios for submariners, aviators and surface vessel combat teams.
“As well as being a cost-effective capability, it provides exciting delivery opportunities to grow (our) defence’s warfighting skills now, and as anti-submarine warfighting technology develops.
“In the 2020 Force Structure Plan announced by the prime minister and I on July 1, we have set out plans to enhance our regional anti-submarine warfare capabilities, including the provision of training sub systems.”
BlueZone Group, a local firm with facilities in Newcastle, Perth and Melbourne, will provide operation, repair and maintenance of the AUV62-AT on behalf of the defence.
Australia’s Department of Defence also announced that A$430.5m ($310.56m) HMAS Watson redevelopment works have commenced.
The project will enable HMAS Watson, a RAN base, to provide navy training for up to 1300 students annually.
Recently, the Government of Australia also agreed to invest up to A$1.3bn ($930m) in a new Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) development programme.