The defence prime has secured work to equip the Royal Australian Navy’s surface fleet with its CMS offering.
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Saab Australia has officially signed the final stage of an Enterprise Partnering Agreement (EPA), formalising the company’s role as the combat management system (CMS) provider for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) surface fleet.
The company will now be tasked with equipping up to six classes of warships with its Australian CMS (AusCMS) offering, while also developing the Australian interface for the future Hunter Class frigates and Hobart Class destroyers.
The signing of the EPA follows the company’s nomination by the Commonwealth government as the sovereign CMS provider.
“The EPA signing demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the RAN and to the creation of sovereign capability, building on the great work we have already completed for the Commonwealth,” Saab Australia’s managing director, Andy Keough said.
“It serves as recognition of the strong track record Saab has demonstrated in reliably delivering excellence in CMS capability to the Navy for more than three decades.
“Importantly, it ensures we can continue to evolve the Navy’s capability, create local jobs, and deliver an Australian CMS that meets the needs of the RAN in an evolving geopolitical landscape.”
Keough added Saab’s CMS work builds on decades of support for Royal Australian Navy capability.
“Three decades after a group of Swedish engineers transferred expert command and control capability to Australia, Saab enjoys a long and proud history of developing, delivering and evolving CMS capability for the exacting needs of our RAN, and the protection of Australia.
“During the last 34 years, Saab has forged a strong partnership with the RAN, and we look forward to this enduring partnership continuing for decades to come in delivering a sovereign CMS capability.”