Australian Government awards Anzac frigate combat system sustainment contract

7 July 2016 (Last Updated July 7th, 2016 18:30)

The Australian Government has contracted Saab to provide sustainment services for the combat system on the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Anzac-class frigates.

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The Australian Government has contracted Saab to provide sustainment services for the combat system on the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Anzac-class frigates.

Under the A$37m ($27.78m) contract, Saab will provide its services from this month up until December 2017.

The contract, which marks the first order received by Saab Australia's under the recently signed Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA), will see the company providing on-going engineering support services in both Western Australia and South Australia.

"We look forward to continue working with our local partners to ensure the Anzacs continue to fulfil navy's needs."

As an asset management organisation, WAMA is responsible for the overall performance and delivery of operational Anzac-class warships and support infrastructure to the RAN.

Saab Australia managing director Dean Rosenfield said: "The Anzac frigates are the trusted workhorse of the navy and Saab has played a major role in evolving the fighting capability of the ships over the last 20 years.

"We look forward to continue working with our local partners to ensure the Anzacs continue to fulfil navy's needs."

Additionally, Saab will ensure a high-level of availability and capability of the Anzac-class ships for the RAN.

For three decades, the company has been providing naval combat systems to the RAN.

Saab is also expected to be the lead contender to provide the combat system for Australia's future frigate programme.


Image: RAN's HMAS Anzac in the Gulf of Aden. Photo: courtesy of US Navy.