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Saab Australia has signed an Enterprise Partnering Agreement with the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to provide combat management systems CMS for all the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) major surface ships. Saab has not yet received a new order.

As previously announced by both parties, Saab will deliver the tactical interface to the RAN’s fleet of HUNTER-class frigates. The tactical interface will be based on Saab’s ‘Next Generation’ CMS, which will be installed on all the Navy’s major surface vessels.

The Enterprise Partnering Agreement is an important step towards developing and maintaining a sustainable Australian sovereign CMS industry capability and demonstrates the federal government’s commitment to the Naval Shipbuilding Plan,” commented Andy Keough, Managing Director, Saab Australia.

Saab will deliver the ‘Next Generation’ CMS to Australia’s new ARAFURA-class offshore patrol vessels and the SUPPLY-class auxiliary oiler replenishment ships. Saab will also modernise the 9LV CMS currently in use in the ANZAC-class frigates and will provide the software for the future tactical interface for the HOBART-class destroyers when their current CMS is modernised.

The 9LV Mk3E CMS as installed on the ANZAC-class frigate HMAS PERTH after her anti-ship missile defence (ASMD) upgrade in 2010. (Photo: Saab)

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