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BAE Systems has begun modifying the first of the Royal Australian Navy’s ANZAC Class frigates to be upgraded under the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) Project.

HMAS Perth entered the Henderson dockyard in Western Australia on 18 January on schedule.

The ASMD project is being managed by BAE Systems, Saab Systems and the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) under an alliance contracting arrangement.
The upgrade will significantly improve the anti-ship self-defence capabilities of the ANZAC Class by integrating:
• The leading edge CEA Phased Array Radar (PAR)
• The Vampir NG Infrared Search & Track (IRST) system
• The Sharpeye Navigation Radar Systems (NRS), and
• An upgraded Combat Management System (CMS) including an improved Operations Room layout.

Jason Beer, BAE Systems Maritime Through Life Support General Manager, said today that the platform integration of these systems would require significant structural modifications.

“This includes replacement of both the frigate’s forward and aft masts, which has required us to develop innovative design solutions to minimise the impact on the ship’s weight and stability,” he said.

Mr Beer said that BAE Systems work during the installation phase would create more than 150 highly skilled jobs at its Henderson base in WA.

“The experience gained over the past five years of designing and developing this project has enabled BAE Systems Maritime Business Unit to enhance critical skills in complex maritime combat systems integration and platform systems integration.

“These skills are crucial to maintaining the capability that will be needed for next generation naval programs such as the Future Frigate and the Offshore Combatant Vessel projects,” Mr Beer said.