Thales Australia providing support for frigate combat systems

Nov. 22, 2013 at 2:49 PM

CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Thales Australia has won a $42.6 million contract for in-service support for combat systems on four Royal Australian Navy guided missile frigates.

The combat system on the Adelaide-class (FFG) guided missile frigates was developed by Thales as part of the FFG Upgrade Project, which concluded in 2011 and was the most technologically advanced warship upgrade program ever performed in Australia.

The upgrade involved the Australian Distributed Architecture Combat System, which integrated various shipboard sensors, effectors, tactical data links and support systems.

"This contract will ensure the FFG-class combat system, which is among the most capable in the world, is effectively sustained until the RAN transitions to the new Air Warfare Destroyers," said Warren King, chief executive officer of the Defense Materiel Organization. "The Commonwealth (of Australia) looks forward to working with Thales in maintaining the war fighting capabilities of the FFG Fleet."

The Australian Department of Defense, in announcing the award, did not disclose its performance period.

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