L3 Technologies has secured a new contract to support the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Sea 1180 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) programme.

L3 Communications Australia was selected by Luerssen Australia to deliver the integrated communications, bridge, navigation and platform management systems for the entire fleet of the RAN’s 12 OPVs as part of the development.

German ship designer Luerssen previously signed a contract with the Australian Government in January to serve as the prime contractor for the vessels’ construction.

"L3’s work on the OPV design and construction phase will enable us to continue to increase our footprint in the Australian defence market."

L3 president and chief executive officer Christopher E Kubasik said: “L3’s work on the OPV design and construction phase will enable us to continue to increase our footprint in the Australian defence market.

“This strategy enables the Australian Government’s Naval Shipbuilding Strategy to further benefit from L3 Communications Australia’s advanced maritime integration and manufacturing capabilities.”

Kubasik further noted that the Australian Navy’s OPV programme will enable the company to bundle various maritime solutions in order to provide measurable growth and sustained support for local industries.

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Work on the project is set to be carried out by L3 Communications Australia and supported via cross-segment collaboration between L3’s Communication Systems, Sensor Systems and Electronic Systems business segments.

L3 Technologies Australia Group managing director Alan Titheridge said: “The OPV’s design, coupled with L3’s innovative systems solutions, will offer enhanced operational performance to the RAN.

“The ongoing industrial collaboration on the SEA 1180 programme helps the RAN to significantly boost its patrol and deterrence capabilities alongside allied forces throughout the Asia-Pacific region.”

The construction of the first of two OPVs is slated to commence in Adelaide in the fourth quarter of this year.

Delivery of the first two units is currently scheduled for 2021.