BAE has selected Lockheed Martin and Saab to deliver the Combat System integration on the Hunter class frigates.
The combat system is the eyes and ears of the warship, able to detect and identify aircraft, submarines and ships to offer the frigate’s command team maximum situational awareness and the capability to defend itself against or engage with an enemy.
The Combat Management System for the new Hunter class frigate fleet will be the Aegis System, together with an Australian tactical interface to be developed by Saab Australia.
“The nine anti-submarine warfare frigates are a new generation of major surface combatants which will replace the current eight ANZAC class frigates,” Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said.
“I would like to congratulate Lockheed Martin Australia and Saab Australia for being named the preferred tenderers to partner with BAE Systems Australia to deliver the Combat System Integration on the Hunter class frigates.”
According to BAE, Lockheed Martin and Saab were selected because they each offered strengths and technical expertise which will best complement BAE Systems’ capability. The decision will create and sustain 100 highly skilled combat systems engineering jobs, which will grow to over 200 as the ship goes into production.
“As the preferred supplier for the Hunter class frigates, we are building a world class platform and combat systems’ engineering team and I am proud to include Lockheed Martin Australia and Saab Australia," BAE Systems Australia Hunter Class Frigate Program Managing Director Nigel Stewart said.
“The Hunter class combat system is a vital piece of the frigate’s infrastructure which will give the men and women who operate these ships the capability to protect the nation against airborne, surface and under-sea threats."
“Lockheed Martin Australia is delighted to partner with BAE Systems and Saab Australia to integrate the Hunter class Combat System into Australia’s Future Frigates," Vince Di Pietro, Chief Executive Lockheed Martin Australia, said.