The Royal Australian Navy is set to equip its fleet with Saab’s ‘Next Generation’ Combat Management System.

Saab Australia has signed an enterprise partnering agreement with the Australian Ministry for Defence to deliver the system.

The move was part of the government’s plan to strengthen the Royal Australian Navy and boost its capabilities to win battles.

Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said: “Our government is committed to ensuring our navy is fully equipped to protect Australia from future threats.

“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.”

The Saab ‘Next Generation’ Combat Management System is designed to enhance the mission capabilities of the naval platforms. The system will also be delivered to the Anzac-class frigates, new Arafura-class offshore patrol vessels, and Supply-class replenishment ships.

Saab Australia plans to utilise this experience to develop the Australian interface to the Aegis system. Australia’s Hunter-class frigates and the Hobart-class destroyers will be equipped with this weapons system.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said: “For more than 30 years, Saab Australia has established a strong relationship with the navy in delivering the combat management systems for the Anzac-class frigates and Canberra-class landing helicopter dock vessels.

“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.”

Earlier this month, Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac-class frigate HMAS Toowoomba commenced operations in the Middle East under Operation MANITOU.