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Australia selects Saab for naval C4I systems
by Richard Tomkins
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017


Saab's 9LV Combat Management System has been chosen by Australia for the future frigates, upgraded Air Warfare Destroyers, and selected offshore patrol vessels of the Royal Australian Navy, the company announced on Wednesday.

"Saab welcomes the announcement made today by the Australian prime minister that confirms Saab as an integral part of the government's enterprise approach to combat management systems," Managing Director of Saab Australia Dean Rosenfield said in a press release. "This is an endorsement of the advanced combat system capabilities we have developed for the RAN and we look forward to working closely with the Australian Defense Force to deliver highly capable systems for the Future Frigates and other platforms."

Saab said no contract has yet been signed for the work or order received by Saab.

Australia's SEA 5000 program envisioned a feet of nine new locally produced frigates to replace current Anzac-class frigates.

"The government's decisiveness and support for Australian industry will give Saab certainty to invest in the long-term. With a contract in place, this will mean new job opportunities and growth on the Australian market, carrying out development and support across every major ship in the Australian fleet," said Rosenfield.

Saab's 9LV naval combat system provides C4I -- command, control, communications, computers and intelligence -- for every type of naval platform, ranging from combat boats and patrol boats, to frigates and aircraft carriers, and other vessels.

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Two more U.S. Navy officers have been relieved of duty following the collisions of the USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald with civilian ships that led to the deaths of 17 Navy sailors. Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of U.S. Seventh Fleet, ordered the relief of the commander of Task Force 70, Rear Adm. Charles Williams, and the commander of Destroyer Squadron 15, Capt. Jeffrey Benne ... read more

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