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Selex wins ANZAC-Class frigate communications work

6th December 2013 - 16:01 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Selex ES will provide and support modernised communications systems for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) eight ANZAC-Class frigates as part of a $188 million contract awarded by the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO).

The upgrade work is being conducted under the SEA1442 Phase 4 programme.

Selex ES will provide an integrated suite of communications capabilities for the ANZAC-class frigates. The solution involves enhanced external RF communications and internal tactical communications equipment, the provision of a high-data-rate-line-of-sight bearer capacity and the introduction of a modern communications management system.

The systems will be supported by the newly established Selex ES Australia under a separate five-year contract valued at nearly $18 million. The company has been established to play a leading role in the delivery and support of the programme and will be the focal point for the transfer of skills and experience to Australian industry.

Fabrizio Giulianini, CEO, Selex ES, said: ‘Key to the Selex ES team’s solution is investment in Australia. We're transferring knowledge and skills to local industry and developing a regional engineering and support facility through Selex ES Australia, building an Australian sovereign capability in naval communications systems integration.

‘In the future, we're also looking to increasingly sub-contract high value-added work to Australian industry as our technology transfer programmes progress. The ANZAC fleet will benefit from a quantum leap forwards in communications capability from a system based on the one we've successfully proven with allied navies.’

The capability upgrade will lay the foundation of a maritime architecture critical to future RAN tactical communications. It will also contribute towards the Australian Defence Force’s network-centric warfare concept in the maritime environment, helping reach the goal of a networked RAN.

The first upgraded ship is planned to enter service in 2018.

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