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Hobart Class destroyers to receive tech upgrade

The fleet is set to be integrated with new technologies designed to support data-driven decision making.

The fleet is set to be integrated with new technologies designed to support data-driven decision making.

BAE Systems Australia has unveiled plans to introduce its Integrated Asset Management System (IAMS) across the Royal Australian Navy’s Hobart Class Enterprise — HMAS Brisbane, HMAS Sydney and HMAS Hobart — from Fleet Base East, Garden Island, NSW.

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The new technology is expected to enable strategic data-driven decision making in real time across the fleet, consolidating people, processes and technology under a sustainment delivery enterprise.

IAMS, which has already been introduced within BAES Hydrographic In Service support team as a pilot, is scheduled to be deployed to support the destroyer fleet in 2022.

BAE Systems is the managing contractor of the Destroyer Enterprise, which includes Navantia Australia, Raytheon, Thales, CASG and the Royal Australian Navy, and recently secured a one-year extension to its Hobart Class Destroyer Transition Support Period Contract.

“This has been an incredibly complex program and I am pleased that the enterprise is working as one team to support the Royal Australian Navy, which was reflected with the recent award of the one-year extension,” BAE Systems Australia managing director defence delivery Andrew Gresham said.

“Ultimately, our aim is for the enterprise to be able to make strategic data-driven decisions that improve processes and workflows to make the team even more efficient and optimise sea-worthiness and performance of the destroyers in line with Plan Galileo.

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“We’re seeing great results using our IAMS system to drive towards supporting data driven decision making on the hydrographic fleet and expect similar gains to be made across the Destroyer Enterprise.”

BAE Systems’ integration of IAMS forms part of a broader suite of sustainment projects undertaken by the prime to support the Royal Australian Navy.  

Earlier this month, the company partnered with Lloyd’s Register for the delivery of naval classification and certification services.

This is expected to support engagement with Australian SMEs for the Hunter Class Frigate Program.

[Related: BAE Systems Australia enters agreement with Lloyd’s Register for Hunter Class]

Hobart Class destroyers to receive tech upgrade
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