Australian warship agreement
Saab Australia receives its first maintenance order under a new Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) signed with the Australian Government last week.
The 37 million Australian dollar (approximately SEK 248 million) agreement will have Saab Australia maintain Australia's most capable combat management system on the ANZAC class frigates until December 2017. In commission since 1996, Australia has eight ANZAC class frigates with Saab's 9LV combat management system.
WAMA is an asset management organization responsible for the warships' seaworthiness and support infrastructure. Under the agreement, Saab Australia will support WAMA with on-going engineering support services from two states—Western Australia and South Australia.
Now an integral part of the WAMA team, Saab's involvement gives the RAN assurance that the ANZAC class ships remain with high level availability and capability.
"The agreement and this order reflect our highly successful and long term commitment to the ANZAC frigate and the Royal Australian Navy" says Dean Rosenfield, Managing Director for Saab Australia.
"The ANZAC frigates are the trusted workhorse of the navy and Saab has played a major role evolving the ships' fighting capability over the last 20 years. We look forward to continuing our work with our local partners to ensure the ANZACs continue fulfilling Navy's needs," says Rosenfield.
Saab Australia integrated and delivered one the most advanced naval frigate combat capabilities in the world—the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) system—with phased-array radar partner, CEA Technologies.
Saab's next generation Combat Management System is set to build on this pedigree to support Australia's future frigates.
"Our proven commitment to innovation, continuous improvement, local production and support positions us well as the lead contender for the future frigates," said Rosenfield.
Saab Australia is the only Australian company with a world-class, combat-proven, combat management system designed for Australia's future.
Saab Australia, is part of Surveillance Saab business area.