L3 Technologies has been tapped by BAE Systems to develop the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) and controls and instrumentation (C&I) for the Future Frigates if its SEA 5000 bid is successful.
L3 Technologies, which employs over 200 Australians in several locations, said its IPMS provides integrated monitoring and control of warship propulsion, electrical, auxiliary and damage control machinery and systems along with advanced functionality, such as onboard training and equipment health monitoring.
Under the agreement with BAE Systems, the IPMS will be implemented in Australia through L3 supported by Australian industry using technology from L3 MAPPS
units based in Canada and the UK.
"This is an excellent example of Australian industry collaboration and innovation to deliver a world-leading solution to the Royal Australian Navy," said Alan Titheridge, managing director of L3 Technologies Australia. "This teaming will achieve unrivalled Australian industrial capability (AIC) in this niche domain."
Rangesh Kasturi, president of L3 MAPPS, added, "The proposed system shares its core technology with more than 200 naval ships in 22 different navies, and we are pleased to support BAE’s proposal for SEA 5000 with such leading-edge technology."
L3 Technologies, along with David Brown Santasalo, Naval Group, MTU/Penske and Rolls-Royce, joined BAE Systems' Australian Power and Propulsion Team (P&P Team) in December to support Australia's naval programs.
The P&P Team will work to deliver intellectual property and expertise, making it available to industry for defence purposes and creating a collaborative team structure focused on delivering the best P&P solutions to the nation, BAE Systems said.
Key objectives of the P&P Team for Australia's future naval programs will be to:
- Transfer technology and intellectual property to ensure Australia becomes a regional leader in the construction, maintenance and development of electrical power and propulsion systems;
- Create hundreds of Australian jobs through the growth of manufacturing, assembly test and integration of P&P equipment systems in Australia and set up and/or expansion of local OEM offices in Australia;
- Work with local companies, including SMEs, to help develop their capability to support the development of P&P systems;
- Partner with Australian academic institutions to develop the next generation of engineers who will work on P&P systems as part of the SEA 5000 program and explore the potential for technical innovation of P&P systems;
- Investigate the potential for the creation of physical, onshore test and integration facilities to enable operational and maintenance training and leave an enduring facility as a focus for Australian P&P capability; and
- Create pathways to developing a viable P&P systems export industry, positioned to sell into naval shipbuilding programs around the world.