Saab Australia has signed a contract with ASC for supply of an updated Integrated Ship Control Management and Monitoring System (ISCMMS) for four Royal Australian Navy Collins class submarines.
The $24.2 million contract will see HMA Submarines Dechaineaux, Rankin, Sheean and Farncomb upgraded under stage 2 of the program; HMAS Collins has already completed the upgrade and that for HMAS Waller is scheduled to be finished later this year, marking the completion of Stage 1. Both ASC and Saab Australia were awarded approximately $50 million in total to perform work for that stage in 2013.
ISCMMS provides maneuvering and fully integrated ship management of propulsion, trim, power generation and ship services. Deliverables under the contract include updated hardware and spares that addresses obsolescence issues and maintains regional superiority edge for the Australian submarines.
MD Saab Australia Andy Keough said Saab Australia carried out the design, software and hardware development work for the updated ISCMMS during the first stage of the project and the new contract acknowledged the success of that work.
“Saab’s design and production work has been carried out in Australia involving over 50 Saab and local subcontractor staff.”
Stage 1 of the project saw the updated ISCMMS software and hardware developed by Saab delivered to ASC, Australia’s Collins Class platform prime contractor. ASC will integrate the new system into the remaining submarines commencing in 2019, as they complete their maintenance cycles.
ASC CEO Stuart Whiley said the project demonstrates the high level of local industry content and collaboration in supporting Australia’s sovereign submarine capability.
“ASC built the Collins Class submarine fleet and is responsible for sustaining and upgrading the submarines. We look forward to working closely with Saab to complete the second phase of this major upgrade program.”