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capability utilising the ESSM X-Band Mid-Course
Guidance mode which allows updated target data
to be sent to the missile during flight, improving the
reactions to target manoeuvres and the probability of
kill, and further increasing the available channels of fire.
The controlling element of the combat system is
the Saab 9LV Combat Management System. This
has been stepwise improved over two decades of the
ANZAC ship program but this is the most significant
and most noticeable leap forward in display technology
and decision support to the ship’s combat team.
The CMS multi-function consoles (MFC) allow any
function to be available at any console to provide a
high degree of flexibility for multi-mission tasking. The
number of MFCs in the ANZAC Operators Room
has been increased to ten and several large screen
displays show data from many different sources
e.g. GCCS-M intelligence data to provide enhanced
situational awareness and command appreciation.
The general arrangement of the Operations Room
has been changed to more logically group sensor
operators, weapons operators, aircraft controllers and
HMAS PERTH has also been upgraded under
parallel projects, to provide Link-16, VMF and
J-REAP multi-link capability that provides extensive
command and control, extended range and joint force
interoperability. Harpoon Block II upgrades have also
The upgrade to the remaining ANZACs is making
good progress, and these will be provided with the
enhanced capabilities now proven on HMAS PERTH.
Preparations are underway
to integrate future capabilities
into the ANZAC Frigates
including the ESM Upgrade
under SEA 1448 Ph 4A.
The 9LV CMS on HMAS
PERTH is a fully proven
and integrated combat
system that utilises the full
capabilities of the CEA
active phased array radar
system. The overall success
of this project proves
that Australian industry
is capable of producing
world class designs and
implementing leading edge
technologies into the ADF.
combat systems design
and integration capabilities
ensured that the ASMD
time and its emphasis on
engineering quality means that the combat system can
reliably be added to new ships.
The ASMD project is therefore a natural baseline
from which to further evolve the existing capabilities to
develop a cost effective and low risk option for future
programs such as SEA 5000 (Future Frigate).
BAE Systems was awarded a $270 million contract in
2011 to upgrade the seven remaining Royal Australian
Navy ANZAC class frigates, with the Anti-Ship Missile
Defence (ASMD) capability already implemented on
the first of class. The contract followed the successful
upgrade of HMAS Perth which was completed on
time and on budget. The follow-on contract is being
executed through the ANZAC Ship Integrated Material
Support Program Alliance comprising BAE Systems,
Saab Systems and the Defence Materiel Organisation
Director of Maritime for BAE Systems, Bill Saltzer
said the scope of the project includes ship integration
of the leading edge CEA Phased Array Radar (PAR),
the Vampir NG Infrared Search & Track (IRST) system,
the Sharpeye Navigation Radar System (NRS), and an
upgraded Saab Combat Management System (CMS)
including an improved Operations Room layout. “The
platform integration of these systems will require
significant structural modifications including replacing
the forward and aft masts on all ships,” he said.
Mr Saltzer said that an experienced and dedicated
Project Team working at the facilities available at the
company’s Henderson Shipyard in Western Australia
enables BAE Systems to carry out this massive project
to its completion in 2017.
“Our Henderson shipyard has the ability to dry berth
two ANZAC Frigates simultaneously and this enables
the fleet upgrade program to be accelerated with
operational and cost benefits to the Commonwealth.”
Late last year, BAE Systems was awarded an
additional $65 million contract for further upgrades
that were needed on the ANZACs which will be
implemented by the same project team during the
same docking period, again reducing total cost to the
Commonwealth as well as maximising ship availability.
Included in these upgrades are:
solid ballast installation;
enclosure of the quarter deck;
installation of a new solid waste management
incorporation of new high frequency broadband
upgrade from Link 11 to ANZAC Multi-Link
Upgrade Link 16 system;
replacement of existing fire alarm system;
replacement of extant gas turbine uptake exhaust
installation of new gas bottle stowage to coincide
with enclosure of quarter deck.
The ASMD alliance team is now co-located at
the BAE Henderson facility. Currently, there are two
ships in production - H MAS ARUNTA with a contract
handover date in June 2014 and HMAS ANZAC with
a contract handover date in November 2014. HMAS
WARRAMUNGA is due to dock in December 2013.
Given the scalable nature of the both the radar and
combat system technologies, the ANZAC solution
could be applied to smaller platforms – and larger
Watch this space.
Coyote in flight
Now that the technology can be considered mature, the
company is also looking at ground-based applications and
has submitted a bid for AIR 5431, which is RAAF’s future
air traffic management (ATM) system.
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