C4iSR: Maritime

Australia selects Aegis combat management system for its Future Frigates

03 October 2017

The nine Future Frigates to be acquired by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will be equipped with Lockheed Martin’s Aegis combat management system (CMS), Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on 3 October.

Opening the Pacific 2017 maritime exposition and conference in Sydney, Turnbull said recent events in the region had shown that the Future Frigates, which were initially intended primarily for anti-submarine warfare (ASW), must also be equipped to defend Australia from the threat of medium- and long-range missile attacks.

“This decision will maximise the Future Frigate’s air warfare capabilities, enabling these ships to engage threat missiles at long range, which is vital, given [that] rogue states are developing missiles with advanced range and speed,” he stated.

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