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First RAN Anzac-class frigate begins mid-life capability assurance programme

10 January 2017

Preparatory work has begun on the first of eight Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Anzac-class frigates to undergo a mid-life capability assurance programme (AMCAP) that will include a number of upgrades, including a new active phased-array air surveillance radar.

AMCAP forms the major work element within an eight-year AUD2 billion (USD1.52 billion) Warship Asset Management Agreement signed in April 2016 under which BAE Systems Australia, Saab Australia, Naval Ship Management, and the Australian government will jointly support the 3,600-tonne Anzac-class frigates for the remainder of their naval service.

Preparatory work on HMAS Perth, the first ship of its class to complete a 17-month anti-ship missile defence (ASMD) upgrade in June 2011, began at the BAE Systems Australia shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia, in December 2016.

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