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very good baseline going into ASMD Stage 2 and
associated trials in the second and third quarters of
In addition, 'Perth' won the coveted Gunnery
Championship trophy at the exercise. Known as
the Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) Rodeo
Championship, according to the Royal Australian
Navy it is judged on consistency of accuracy,
measured from the distance from the aim point to
the observed impact point. The results are measured
using an acoustic range that provides a high degree
of accuracy in measurement.
Asked if other Navies are taking an interest in the
ANZAC ASMD solution, Defence coyly replied:
"Several Navies have expressed interest in the
CEA technology developed under ASMD."
According to CEO Robert Forbes, one of the
interested navies is the USN and there is a possibility
that it could be considered some way down the track
for later batches of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).
However, the Pentagon is grappling with the reality
of budget reductions -- which could get much worse
-- and as the LCS is designed as a low cost, lightly
armed combatant it might well remain in its current
configuration for several years. In positioning itself
for the US market, CEA is advantaged by having
Northrop Grumman as a significant shareholder and
as a consequence anticipates receiving an order
for a small system for land based testing. Another
interesting prospect is Canada, with its Canadian
Surface Combatant Project.
Locally, everything continues to go remarkably well
with the project. Robert Forbes says the company
is aware that the sailors using the system have
expressed great enthusiasm for it as it is proving to
be an extremely reliable high performance product.
At the moment work is well underway on the second
ship set, with three and four also in production.
Around 100 staff are working on the project with
most of them located in Canberra and others in
Adelaide and Melbourne.
SAAB SYSTEMS AUSTRALIA
Saab are now close to the completion of the full
functionality of the ESSM missile and its modes,
Link 16 and VMF data links, full functionality of the
Phased Array radar control and few other CMS
functions such the addition of an Air Intercept Control
mode and the upgrade to Harpoon Block 2. 'Arunta'
will be the first ship to be equipped with this extra
functionality and tests and trials will be completed in
mid-2014. Following ships will be done in bunches
In addition, Saab Systems is supporting the
hardware upgrades of all follow on ships and gearing
up for other upgrades to the Anzac class -- such as
SEA 1448 Ph 4A - ESM replacement.
The company points out that more broadly they
are working on concepts for new capability in the
Combat Management System so that ships can
plan and exploit non real time data. This can provide
functions such as over the horizon planning and Anti
Submarine Warfare improvements.
BAES are responsible for the physical integration of
the system onto the ships, including the fabrication
and installation of the main mast. The company lists
its ongoing tasks as:
- Procurement of materials and equipment to support
the fabrication and installation phases for HMAS
'Arunta', next vessel in-line to receive the ASMD
Capability. Orders have been released to various
suppliers for seven ship sets of materials for the
fabrication phase. Ninety per cent of purchase
orders have been released for the Installation
phases of each vessel.
- There has also been a significant ramp-up of
trades to support fabrication and installation.
Eighty new trades and support staff have been
employed as part of the projects to meet the
schedule of delivery for HMAS Arunta.
- Fabrication started as scheduled on 1 June 2012,
with the production of panels to produce the new
Forward and After Masts, Equipment foundations
and large sections of pipe work for the new
cooling system, designed by BAE Systems to
support the AN-SPS-49 and Phased Array Radar
- Fabrication will continue through to March 2013
and has an overlapping period with the removal of
systems and equipment on-board HMAS Arunta,
particularly focus for items required for installation
in new locations on the Forward and After Masts.
- Since awarding of the ASMD Follow On contract,
BAE Systems has mobilised an Integrated Project
Team. The key team members are located BAE
Systems - Maritime Henderson site, close to the
vessels on the hardstand, ensuring all members
are up to date with progress and can deal with any
- To ensure the ASMD Follow On contract execution
is successful, the ANZAC System Project Office
sought and received approval to take Material
Control of each vessel undertaking the ASMD
Capability upgrade. This enables BAE Systems
to control and monitor the daily operations during
the upgrade period and provides additional
opportunities to meet the demanding schedule.
Locally, everything continues to go remarkably well with
SEA 1448 Phase 2
HMAS 'Perth' firing an ESSM during RIMPAC
Credit: CoA / Sarah Williams
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