This five-year follow-on program is a continuation of the ongoing framework sustainment agreement that covers the Anzac Class frigates, shore support and training facilities through the remaining life of the capability.
Saab Australia has been supporting the Anzac Class frigates for 20 years and, under the sustainment agreement, will continue to provide combat system engineering, in-service support and maintenance services.
"The signing of the WAMA is a recognition of our long-term commitment to the Royal Australian Navy. The Anzac frigates are the trusted workhorse of the Navy and Saab has played an important role in evolving the fighting capability of the ships to meet current and future threats," said Andy Keough, managing director for Saab Australia.
The majority of the work under WAMA – a strategic partnership between Saab Australia, BAE Systems Australia and Naval Ship Management Australia – will be carried out in Western Australia and at the Saab Australia headquarters in Adelaide.
The contract signing comes a month after Babcock, under the Naval Ship Management (NSM) joint venture, was awarded a further five-year contract, worth around $200 million, to provide maintenance support services to the Anzac Class frigates.
The new contract awarded to NSM, the 50/50 joint venture between Babcock and UGL, is an extension of the contract signed in April 2016.
The program extension agreement, commencing this month, will see NSM deliver engineering services for the sustainment and total asset management of the eight frigates as part of the long-term WAMA.