Eighth ANZAC Frigate Anti-Ship Missile Defense Ship Upgrade Completed
HENDERSON, Western Australia — BAE Systems Australia this week bade farewell to HMAS Stuart, the eighth ANZAC frigate to be upgraded at the company’s Henderson site, the company announced in a March 9 release. After 600,000 hours of work, HMAS Stuart will now undergo sea trials prior to resuming service.
During its time at Henderson, the ship’s combat management system was upgraded and an infrared search and track system installed, as well as a phased array radar and dual navigation radar system. A number of other highly complex engineering and structural changes also were made including enclosing the quarterdeck and modifications to accommodate Royal Australian Navy (RAN) helicopters.
The RAN ships upgraded as part of this program were Perth, Arunta, Anzac, Warramunga, Ballarat, Parramatta, Toowoomba and Stuart.
“The upgrade of the fleet will provide sustained protection against anti-ship missile attack which is an essential element of Australia's maritime capability,” said BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive Glynn Phillips. “I am delighted that by working very closely with the RAN, the team has delivered this incredibly complex project ahead of schedule. As well as the capability of our workforce, we relied on a healthy and vibrant ship building industry to deliver this critical program to the Navy.”
More than 500 people were engaged throughout the ASMD element of the docking. A further 200 people from 35 small to medium enterprises and more than 100 local suppliers were needed to support the engineering and structural changes made to each ship.
BAE Systems now is preparing HMAS Perth for some initial work as part of its ANZAC Midlife Capability Upgrade Program (AMCAP), which will take several months. It will return at a future date for the remainder of the upgrades to be implemented.
The $2 billion, six-year AMCAP contract, includes improvements to the ANZAC fleet such as engines, propulsion, lighting, heating, cooling and communications systems, torpedo self-defense, and Nulka countermeasures enhancements.
HMAS Arunta is scheduled for docking at Henderson in September. It will be the first ship to receive all of it upgrades during 12 months on the hard stand at BAE Systems Henderson.