Saab Australia to supply technology for Navy contract

An Offshore Patrol Vessel, designed by Lürssen. Source: Navy

Saab Australia has received a contract from Luerssen Australia for the Situational Awareness System (SAS) for the Royal Australian Navy’s new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV).

The contract is expected to run over the 12 year OPV shipbuilding programme, which will see the delivery of 12 new ships.

Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne made the announcements today, noting that the estimated $3.6 billion contract will create approximately 1000 jobs – 400 direct and a further 600 in the supply chain.

“The System provides the Navy with complete, consistent and up to date situational awareness and mission management using on-board, off-board, and remote data sources,” Minister Pyne said.

In addition to the SAS, which is based on Saab Australia’s 9LV Combat Management System, the OPV will be fitted with Saab’s EOS 500 (electro-optical fire control director).

“Saab Australia is pleased to receive this order from Luerssen Australia. This is also an important step towards system commonality for the Navy, with 9LV installed, or contracted for delivery, across four classes of ship.” ndy Keough, managing director for Saab Australia said.

“The development work being undertaken by Saab in Australia will also support export opportunities and position us well for future maritime projects.”

Saab Australia will carry out the majority of the work in its Adelaide facilities, which will create and sustain up to 50 jobs. Local Australian companies will be contracted to fabricate selected components of the SAS including command consoles and computer cabinets, providing a high level of Australian industry participation and sovereign capability. The contract is received within the business area Surveillance.