Navantia has awarded a new contract to integrated logistics support (ILS) services company Scientific Management Associates (SMA) to provide ILS documentation for its F-5000 design in support of the Australian Government’s SEA 5000 Future Frigate programme.

The deal will see SMA be responsible for the development and delivery of specialised ILS documentation for the F-5000 anti-submarine warfare vessel.

Navantia previously submitted its initial proposal for the Future Frigate programme last year.

Navantia Australia managing director Donato Martinez said: “Navantia Australia is committed to providing the most capable frigate for Australia.

"We are committed to a highly capable logistics and maintenance programme to ensure the RAN has full availability of these ships."

“In addition to the F-5000’s world-leading anti-submarine and general-purpose capabilities, we are committed to a highly capable logistics and maintenance programme to ensure the RAN has full availability of these ships.”

SMA is slated to support the F-5000 plans for training support, facilities, disposal and usage upkeep as part of the arrangement.

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The company’s ILS managers and practitioners offer strong operational and technical efficiencies that provide Navantia Australia with assistance regarding technical advice, which enable it to participate in the Integrated Product Team during the final phase of the SEA5000 tender.

SMA general manager John Robertson said: “SMA’s personnel have extensive experience in the analysis, development, delivery and ongoing support of training, documentation and logistic support products for complex commercial and military systems and equipment.

“We are excited about the opportunity to support Navantia Australia on this major national programme.

“Working with Navantia Australia will provide us with future opportunities to contribute to international programmes.”

The project will involve Navantia Australia officials in Adelaide and Melbourne working in close collaboration with SMA employees to ensure that the F-5000 ILS offers high availability and service for the Australian Navy.

The vessels are expected to provide the navy with the most advanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability.

Furthermore, the frigates are anticipated to be designed and constructed indigenously.