The Australian Government has awarded a new order to Saab to support the continuation of sustainment for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Anzac-class frigates.

The current follow-on order was granted under the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) and is a continuation of the ongoing framework sustainment agreement covering the eight Anzac-class ships.

In addition, it includes the provision of shore support and training facilities throughout the remaining life of the vessels.

WAMA is a strategic collaboration initiative comprising Saab Australia, BAE Systems Australia Defence and Naval Ship Management Australia.

"The Anzac frigates are the trusted workhorse of the navy, and Saab has played an important role in evolving the fighting capability of the ships."

Saab Australia will continue to offer combat system engineering, in-service support and maintenance services to the vessels for another five years under the latest follow-on agreement.

The company has previously been supporting the Australian Navy’s Anzac-class vessels for the last 20 years.

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Saab Australia managing director Andy Keough said: “The signing of the WAMA is a recognition of our long-term commitment to the RAN.

“The Anzac frigates are the trusted workhorse of the navy, and Saab has played an important role in evolving the fighting capability of the ships to meet current and future threats.”

Most of the work under the WAMA will be performed in Western Australia, as well as Saab Australia’s headquarters in the city of Adelaide.

RAN’s eight Anzac-class, long-range frigates are capable of carrying out a variety of missions such as air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction.

The ships are equipped with advanced air and surface surveillance radars, in addition to omni-directional hull-mounted sonar and electronic support systems that interface with the 9LV453 Mk3E combat data system.

The vessels are able to address simultaneous threats from aircraft, surface vessels and submarines.

HMAS Anzac is the lead ship of the class, while its sister vessels are named Arunta, Ballarat, Parramatta, Perth, Stuart, Toowoomba and Warramunga.