The Royal Australian Navy has awarded up to $20 million in defence contracts to Saab Australia for the provision of an anti-submarine warfare training system and in-service support.
Saab Australia has confirmed it has signed contracts worth up to $20 million to provide the Royal Australian Navy with anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training system AUV62-AT, along with five years of in-service support.
The prime contractor has agreed to deliver the AUV62-AT system in 2022, after which it is expected to provide ongoing in-service operational and maintenance support through to 2027, in co-operation with local industry, including long-standing Newcastle-based partner BlueZone Group.
The AUV62-AT is an autonomous underwater vehicle and training target, designed to simulate a real submarine, torpedo or unmanned vehicle.
The AWS system can also be configured to conduct training activities with surface vessels, submarines, maritime patrol aircraft and helicopters.
According to Andy Keough, Saab Australia’s managing director, the AWS system would better equip Navy personnel with the skills required to manage national security operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Saab Australia has over 30 years’ experience developing, integrating and supporting a range of complex systems for the Australian Defence Force,” Keough said.
“Under this latest contract, the Navy will benefit from locally managed delivery by personnel with expert knowledge of in-service ASW systems.
“With the growing submarine activity in the Asia-Pacific region, this new training system will strengthen the Navy’s capability to protect our nation.”
Saab’s AUV62-AT is currently in-service with the UK and has also been trialled by the US.
This latest announcement comes just a week after Saab secured a $337 million contract with the Department of Defence to deliver deployable health modules for the Joint Project 2060 Deployable Health Capability Program.
The first five years of the contract will see Saab Australia enhance the ADF’s clinical healthcare response capability by delivering more than 500 deployable health modules.
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