Derived from 9LV Combat Management System
Lürssen Australia has ordered Saab’s Situational Awareness System (SAS) for installation on the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) 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.
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 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.
“This is …. an important step towards system commonality for the Navy, with 9LV installed, or contracted for delivery, across four classes of ship,” observed Saab Australia’s Managing Director, Andy Keough. “The development work being undertaken by Saab in Australia will also support export opportunities and position us well for future maritime projects.”