ASC, Saab sign contract to upgrade submarine management system

Defence and security company Saab has signed a $2.42m contract with ASC to supply an updated Integrated Ship Control Management and Monitoring System (ISCMMS) for four Royal Australian Navy Collins class submarines.

Saab’s ISCMMS allows the submarine crew to centrally control many submarine systems, fully integrating the management of propulsion, trim, power generation and ship services on board the submarine.

Under the contract, Saab will deliver updated hardware and spares that addresses obsolescence issues and maintains regional superiority edge for the Australian submarines.

“We look forward to working closely with Saab to complete the final phase of this major upgrade programme. This project demonstrates the high level of local industry content and collaboration in supporting Australia’s sovereign submarine capability, the Collins Class fleet,” says Stuart Whiley, interim CEO of ASC.

Phase one of the project saw the updated ISCMMS software and hardware developed by Saab and integrated into HMAS Collins by ASC, with HMAS Waller scheduled for later this year.

ASC will integrate the new system into the remaining submarines commencing in 2019, as they complete their maintenance cycles.

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP congratulated the two companies on their contract, noting that the project will support 50 jobs, the majority of which are in Adelaide.

“Technological developments keep Australia at the forefront of Defence capability, help keep our personnel safe and ensure they have the right equipment to carry out their duties in the defence of the nation,” Pyne said.

Saab Australia is Australia’s leading capability integrator and has been providing operational systems and support to the Royal Australian Navy for over 30 years.

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