Australia FMS requests $185 million in upgrades to AEGIS system

WASHINGTON. State Department officials approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of equipment associated with the integration of the CEAFAR 2 Phased Array Radar System with the AEGIS Combat System for an estimated cost of $185 million.

The proposed sale will add nine AEGIS capable Future Frigates over the next 20 years and by upgrading their existing three AEGIS capable Hobart Class destroyers with the latest technology and capability.

The Government of Australia has requested to buy long lead items, engineering and development activities, establishment of engineering development sites, and commencement of development activities associated with the integration of the System with the AEGIS Combat System.

The FMS includes AEGIS Weapon System Technical Equivalent Components comprising of:

  • Command Display System (CDS) Consoles (including 2 consoles in Gun Weapon System configuration);
  • Multimission Display (MMD) systems, including projectors, sensors and cameras;
  • Tactical Equivalent Core Computing System (CCS) Cabinets;
  • Tactical Equivalent AEGIS LAN Interconnect System (ALIS) Cabinets;
  • Tactical Equivalent AEGIS Conversion Equipment Group Input/Output (ACEG I/0) Cabinets;
  • Tactical Equivalent Advanced Storage Area Network (ASAN) Cabinets;
  • Global Command and Control System - Maritime (GCCS-M);
  • Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) sites systems, to include processing rack, simulation equipment and workstation;
  • AN/SPQ-15 Converter/Receiver and /signal data converter equipment;
  • Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DIVDS) cabinet;
  • AN/SQQ-89 Sonobouy Processing Core Computing System racks, with console and laptop;
  • AEGIS simulator racks and workstations;
  • AEGIS Training System;

The FMS also includes various ancillary equipment and support products, including desktop computers, displays, test units and compilations servers, printers, workstations, spares, cabling and software licenses. Also included are spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, engineering and technical services to support sites equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and support services, engineering technical assistance, other technical assistance, and other related elements of program and logistics support.

The prime contractor will be Lockheed Martin, Rotary and Mission Systems in Moorestown, New Jersey. There are a significant number of companies under contract with the U.S. Navy that will provide components and systems as well as engineering services during the execution of this effort.

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