BAE Systems Australia’s involvement in the Anzac-class frigates spans across three decades commencing with the design and construction of ten vessels, eight for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and two for the Royal New Zealand Navy, in Williamstown, Victoria between 1989 and 2006. Since the Anzac-class entered into service, BAE Systems has continued to play a significant role in the Through Life Support and Asset Management of the Australian frigates with ongoing maintenance, and more recently two major upgrades. The upgrades have involved hundreds of employees and is providing a formidable fleet of updated and capable warships to the RAN.
The first upgrade, the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) Upgrade Program between 2010 to 2017, involved installation of a new phased array radar onto the platform, major engineering upgrades and maintenance to the entire fleet of Anzac-class frigates.
The second upgrade, the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP), is an ongoing upgrade which focuses on updating the ageing platform systems, communications, installation of the Long Range Air Search Radar and general maintenance and is due to complete in 2023.
BAE Systems’ core capabilities
In support of the Anzac fleet upgrades, our core capabilities include Project Management, Engineering Change from Design, Integrated Life Support to Platform Integration, Planned and Preventative Maintenance execution, Material Procurement/Coordination, Warehousing and Distribution, Set to Work, Test and Trials, Urgent Defect Rectification (URDEF) Management and Physical Condition Assessments.
Throughout the Anzac-class frigate upgrade program, BAE Systems Australia is achieving outstanding results in the delivery of materially seaworthy warships and support systems to the RAN.
What we do
Through the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA), the BAE Systems Australia Maritime Sustainment team at Henderson, Perth and Williamstown, Victoria has established and maintained an important maritime engineering and program management capability through the sustainment of the Anzac fleet. Our current scope of work includes the Platform Systems Obsolescence Program (PSR), SEA1442, SEA1448, Engineering changes, maintenance urgent defect rectifications and Platform Engineering Assessments.
Throughout the ASMD upgrade program and stage two of the AMCAP, BAE Systems Australia, together with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), have undergone an extensive amount of advanced technology training to ensure all alliances are familiar with the ship upgrades, including upgrades to all software and technologies.
As the prime contractor for the Anzac-class frigate construction and development, BAE Systems Australia was and continues to be responsible for design and systems integration of the Anzac ship fleet.