Home' Asia Pacific Defence Reporter : APDR April 2016 Contents approach is based on delivery of the commitment
to consistently provide excellence in the essential
role of trusted advisor. In this capacity, KBR delivers
unbiased, reliable and timely advice, combined with
commercial independence and technical excellence.
A strong risk management methodology is
another essential component of success for the
LHD enterprise. The Enterprise Risk Manager has
actively facilitated risk-awareness through workshops
and discussions within the LHDSPO and across
the enterprise, and by collating the total in-service
support contract (TISSC) and lifecyle cost-in-service
support contract (LLC ISSC) risk registers.
As the CSC, KBR designed and manages the LHD
sustainment program in accordance with principles
described in ISO 55001 Asset Management. The
KBR team’s core role is to ensure technical integrity
is maintained throughout the LHD life-of-type, while
continually optimising the Total Cost of Ownership. In
order to achieve this, KBR has provided the LHDSPO
with a team of 50 staff with expertise in the following
domains: asset management; risk management
and modelling; data management, assurance and
modelling; life-cycle cost analysis and modelling;
technical quality assurance; logistic support analysis
and reliability engineering; and various engineering
domains, including marine, mechanical, electrical,
electronic and mechatronic.
Saab told APDR that work is underway on a roadmap
for future LHD CMS and CDS development. The
scope and timing of any implementation of this
roadmap is a decision for the Commonwealth.
They have a Common Support contract for the
9LV CMS on LHD and ANZAC vessels (separate to
the LHD TISSC contract) that enables the RAN to
leverage the benefits of the Common CMS on the
two ship classes.
Saab Australia has designed and is undertaking
local construction of the majority of the combat
system consoles to be installed in the LHDSPO
Through Life Support Facility. They are using local
subcontractors for metal fabrication associated with
the production of the combat system consoles.
Saab Electronic Defence Systems in Sweden is
also building a full Milspec console similar to those
installed on the LHDs, to be installed in the Through
Life Support Facility for maintainer training.
There are significant benefits from the common
9LV heritage with reuse of training and the benefits of
ANZAC experienced RAN personnel. There are also
significant maintenance and logistic support benefits
from both hardware and software perspectives.
Transitional training from ANZAC ASMD to LHD
has been minimal and although there are some
architectural and equipment differences in the CMS
between the two classes of ship there is also
Saab Australia’s ambition is to have 9LV adopted
as the primary Combat Management System across
the majority of the RAN fleet. They already have strong
endorsement of 9LV for SEA 5000 and have offered
a modified version of the 9LV CMS to Navantia under
SEA 1654 Maritime Operational Support Capability.
They have also been actively explaining the benefits
of a common, scalable Combat Management System
solution for SEA 1180.
The 9LV software is installed in the ANZAC Combat
System Trainer and has recently been installed at
West Head Gunnery Range in Victoria.
Prior to having an actual LHD available, there was a
huge amount of personnel training conducted at the
LHD training facility at Mascot. Now that there are
two LHDs commissioned that facility has become
redundant. APDR asked Defence about the current
plan for Mascot. Their spokesperson responded:
“The LHD training facility at Mascot was built to
train Navy personnel to operate the two LHDs as they
were introduced into service. Now that the LHD has
been delivered, the equipment at this facility is being
relocated to two new sites to deliver future training.
“The bulk of the equipment has been moved to
a new purpose built facility at the Navy Training
Systems Centre - Randwick, while the remaining
equipment has been moved to another new facility
known as the LHD Through Life Support Facility
at Garden Island, Sydney. Training is scheduled to
recommence at the new facilities in mid-2016.”
The ambitions for, and scale of, the LHD project are
challenging to comprehend. But now it has been
delivered for the first operational stages. As the
various elements proceed to be tested and evaluated,
RAN experience and expertise is growing and the
Australian defence industry support arrangements
are getting a good work out. So far, everything seems
to be integrating well without serious hold-ups.
When Final Operational Capability is declared
for the LHDs in 2017 Australia will have a proven
amphibious capability that can undertake a wide
range of operations – from HADR as in Fiji at present;
security and stability operations in our region; and
home defence of the Australian EEZ. ¢
Saab Australia has designed and is undertaking local construction
of the majority of the combat system consoles to be installed in the
LHDSPO Through Life Support Facility.
HMA Ships Adelaide and Canberra sail into Jervis Bay. Credit: CoA / Todd Sweeney
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