The Leonardo Global Group led by Leonardo Australia have undertaken an internal agreement to work collaboratively in pursuit of Sea 1442 Phase 5 – the Maritime Communications Modernisation (MCM) Project.
"The agreement will leverage the incumbency and capabilities delivered to the RAN under Sea 1442 Phase 4 by the Leonardo Global Group individual entities," the company said.
Sea 1442 Phase 5 seeks to deliver an assured communications capability through a Mission System that can cope with current and anticipated future information exchange demands and is interoperable with joint, coalition and allied systems. At the same time, the system has increased bearer and satellite constellation diversity and agility and features a high level of automation.
Leonardo Australia says that opportunities for industry participants to join the supply chain will come via the impending ICN led Industry Engagement process which will commence in the coming weeks.
“The Leonardo Global Group led by Leonardo Australia make for a formidable team when it comes to defence electronics. It is a natural fit for the upgrade and modernisation of the RAN’s communications," Michael Lenton, Leonardo Australia’s Executive Chairman, said. "The Leonardo Global Group of companies have proven themselves in terms of engineering, supply, and installation on the current Phase 4 of the Sea 1442 program.
"The fleet of ANZAC Frigates is well on its way to full operational capability, so it makes real sense to strengthen an already winning streak for Sea 1442 Phase 5 of the program for the modernisation of much of Navy’s current strategic assets.”
Editor's Note: A previous version of this article had an incorrect headline. This has been amended.