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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