Saab press release
Saab Australia’s Managing Director, Andy Keough said the signing was the
culmination of the prior mandate made by Government to nominate Saab as the
nation’s sovereign CMS provider to the Royal Australian Navy’s Surface Fleet, and
paves the way for the next chapter in the company’s support of the RAN.
“The EPA signing demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the RAN and to
the creation of sovereign capability, building on the great work we have
already completed for the Commonwealth,”
“It serves as recognition of the strong track record Saab has demonstrated in
reliably delivering excellence in CMS capability to the Navy for more than
“Importantly, it ensures we can continue to evolve the Navy’s capability, create
local jobs, and deliver an Australian CMS (AusCMS) that meets the needs of
the RAN in an evolving geo-political landscape.
“As a key part of the Government’s enterprise approach to shipbuilding,
realisation of the EPA will see Saab’s AusCMS equip up to six classes of
warships in the surface fleet, along with developing the Australian Interface for
the Hunter and Hobart classes.
“Three decades after a group of Swedish engineers transferred expert
command and control capability to Australia, Saab enjoys a long and proud
history of developing, delivering and evolving CMS capability for the exacting
needs of our RAN, and the protection of Australia.
“During the last thirty-four years, Saab has forged a strong partnership with
the RAN and we look forward to this enduring partnership continuing for
decades to come in delivering a sovereign CMS capability.”
What is a CMS? A Naval Combat Management System (CMS) is the computer software
system that connects a naval ship’s sensors, weapons, data systems, and other equipment
providing the operator with an integrated operating system.