The upgrade significantly improved the anti-ship missile self-defence capabilities of the ANZAC class ships by integrating the following major systems:

  • The leading edge CEA Phased Array Radar
  • The Sagem Vampir NG Infrared Search & Track System
  • The Kelvin Hughes Sharpeye Navigation Radar System
  • An upgraded Saab 9LV Mk3E Combat Management System

The ASMD upgrade was completed on the first of the Royal Australian Navy’s ANZAC Class frigates – HMAS Perth - in June 2011 with the completion of sea trials and meeting the Initial Materiel Certification (IMC) milestone.

HMAS Stuart - ship eight in the program - rolled off the hard stand at our Henderson facility on 9 March 2017.


Key facts:

About 250 people, as well as more than 30 subcontractors, were involved in the project as each ship required some 600,000 hours of work.
As part of the work, each ship also required:
  • 28,000 metres of cable to be installed
  • 4,000m2 of steel and alloy sheet
  • 375km of welding wire
  • 9 tonne of lead ingots as ballast
  • 28 tonne of old paint removed, and
  • 14 tonne of new paint
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