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Saab to develop next generation combat management system for Australia

Australian AWD destroyer Brisbane arriving at her home base of Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney, for the first time.
Royal Australian Navy file photo

The Australian government has awarded Sweden-based defense company Saab a contract for the development of a “next-generation” combat management system (CMS) as part of the country’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan.

The CMS will be delivered across the navy’s fleet including the Anzac-class frigates, new Arafura-class offshore patrol vessels and Supply-class replenishment ships.

Saab Australia will also leverage their CMS experience in the development of the Australian interface to the Aegis system, for the Hunter-class frigates and the Hobart-class destroyers.

The enterprise partnering agreement with Saab Australia is part of the government’s multi-billion dollar strategic enterprise approach to naval combat systems.

“For more than 30 years, Saab Australia has established a strong relationship with navy in delivering the combat management systems for the Anzac-class frigates and Canberra class landing helicopter dock vessels,” Australian defense industry minister Melissa Price said.

“This system was designed in Australia and is contributing to the build-up of our sovereign capability, which is crucial to delivering our Naval Shipbuilding Plan.”

Released in 2017, the Naval Shipbuilding Plan is aimed at developing a sustainable Australian naval shipbuilding enterprise. The goal is to create a long-term, sustainable naval shipbuilding and ship sustainment capability that will serve Australia’s strategic and economic interests.

Around AU$90 billion will be invested in new ships and submarines. Contracts for the construction of new Hunter-class frigates, Attack-class submarines, and Arafura-class OPVs, all part of the plan, have already been signed. Another AU$1 billion will go into modern shipyard infrastructure while further investment is allocated to workforce growth and skilling initiatives to enable the delivery of these platforms.