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9LV striking performance for the modern navy

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A high performance combat system (CMS) is crucial for a navy to fight and win at sea. The core of the warship's fighting capability, the CMS integrates sensor data and provides the war leader with situational awareness. The technology must be flexible and adaptable so new technologies can be integrated to mitigate evolving threats from today's environment.

Designed to excel in combat, 9LV provides enhanced awareness, faster reaction times and a responsive power that will turn the odds in your favor, making sure you stay ahead of the opposition.

Saab Australia’s ‘9LV’ CMS, has been the Royal Australian Navy’s combat system of choice for over three decades.  9LV is the core of the combat capability on board the current Anzac Class frigates and Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Docks and will soon enter into service with the Supply Class AOR and Arafura Class OPVs. The Tactical Interface for the new Hunter Class frigates and the upgraded Hobart Class warships is also being developed by Saab Australia. 9LV will be in the service of the Royal Australian Navy for the foreseeable future based on the expected life of these platforms.

Saab has built a solid reputation and formidable presence in Australia on the back of 9LV CMS delivery and performance. Thirty years ago the Australian Government selected the 9LV system for the Anzac Class frigates and in doing so entered into an open collaboration with Saab to build a sovereign defence technology and establish a new high tech industry. “Saab is very proud of the collaborative relationships we have established with the Australian Government, Primes and SME’s to successfully deliver a world-leading capability to the RAN.” says Andy Keough, Saab Australia’s Managing Director.  

Saab's investment in a purpose-built significant research and system development centre in South Australia was key to the achievement of this project.  Saab Australia has maintained its engineering headquarters in Adelaide since the original establishment over thirty years ago and now employs over 500 Australians who are specialised in system design, integration and local support.

"Over the previous 30 years, Saab has worked closely with its defense and company partners to continually evolve 9LV to meet the unique requirements of the Australian customer," says Andy Keough. "9LV has an open architecture that enables third party sensors, arms and systems to be seamlessly integrated. Combined with highly skilled Saab combat system engineering team, this design methodology gives the customer the flexibility to choose fresh capabilities for quick introduction into the CMS. The integration of the CEA radar into the 9LV as part of the Anzac Anti-Ship Missile Defense Program was perhaps the most effective example of this.”

The 9LV system is not only trusted by the Royal Australian Navy, but many navies around the world. Today there are more than 200 warships operating with a 9LV onboard with many more in the pipeline. Saab has clients on every continent from Australia to Thailand, Sweden and beyond and is proud to provide local technical and engineering support.

Our maritime team will be available on the Saab stand at Pacific 2019 to discuss the features and flexibility of 9LV for international delegations in attendance.