Australia has selected Lockheed Martin’s Aegis combat management system (CMS) for the nine Future Frigates to be acquired for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) under Project Sea 5000, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on 3 October.
The capability will be supplied under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) channel, Lockheed Martin said. No costings were released, but sources suggested the CMS would involve about AUD3 billion (USD2.25 billion) of the AUD35 billion Future Frigate programme.
Opening the Pacific 2017 naval exposition and conference in Sydney, Turnbull said the threat from rogue states meant the Future Frigates, initially intended primarily for anti-submarine warfare (ASW), must also be equipped to engage threat missiles at long range.
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