ANZAC sustainment contract signed
The Royal Australian Navy’s ANZAC class frigates will be sustained under a new open-ended contract announced by the Australian Department of Defence on 29 April.
The contract is a strategic partnership between BAE Systems Australia, Saab Australia, Naval Ship Management Australia and the government - an alliance known as the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA).
The new arrangement will see a number of existing contracts streamlined into a whole-of-life sustainment contract for the class, to ensure the fleet remains capable, safe, environmentally compliant, and cost effective until their planned withdrawal dates.
The contract has a value of over $2 billion for the first eight years.
The majority of the sustainment work will be carried out in Henderson, Western Australia, with additional work at Fleet Base East.
A Life of Type Assurance Program (LOTAP) for the frigate fleet will begin next year, with work to include improving the ship engines, propulsion, lighting, heating, cooling, and communications systems.
The sustainment contract ensures that the ANZAC class frigates continue to remain fit for purpose for the navy until the Future Frigates, which will begin construction in Adelaide in 2020, enter service.
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