ASC to upgrade Australian Navy’s Collins-class submarines’ ISCMMS

27 November 2013 (Last Updated November 27th, 2013 18:30)

ASC has received a contract from the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) to update the control management and monitoring systems for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Collins-class submarines.

ASC Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Steve Ludlam and Saab Managing Director, Dean Rosenfield signs the contract

ASC has received a contract from the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) to update the control management and monitoring systems for the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Collins-class submarines.

Under the multi-million dollar contract, the company will remediate obsolescence of the integrated ship control management and monitoring system (ISCMMS).

Defence minister senator David Johnston said the ISCMMS is a highly automated computerised system, designed to enable crew to control, monitor and manage the large number of diverse and complex systems onboard the submarines.

"Work under the $57 million contract will focus on updating electronic components and porting the software to operate on the new system," Johnston said.

"The current ship control management and monitoring system has performed effectively and reliably since the Collins class entered service in the 1990s."

ASC has also awarded $32m subcontractor to Saab Systems on the project to remediate the ISCMMS hardware and software.

"Work under the $57 million contract will focus on updating electronic components and porting the software to operate on the new system."

ASC managing director and chief executive officer, Steve Ludlam, said: "This is a large scale opportunity for ASC to demonstrate that we have the capability to provide platform systems integrator services under our in service support contract."

"However, it is essential to upgrade the current system to ensure the system can be maintained for the remaining service life of the Collins Class fleet," Johnston continued.

The contract includes design, development and manufacture of the hardware for two boats, in addition to updating of the shore-based test facility and platform simulation trainer and the deployment of the updated system in the first boat.

Work under the contract will be carried out in Outer Harbour and Mawson Lakes in South Australia.


Image: ASC managing director Steve Ludlam and Saab managing director Dean Rosenfield signs the contract. Photo: courtesy of ASC Pty Ltd.

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