Equipping Defence

Guided Missle Frigate Upgrade Implementation

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Project Number:
SEA 1390 Phase 2.1
Royal Australian Navy

Project description

This project seeks to regain a comparative regional maritime capability by upgrading four (originally six) Adelaide Class Fast Frigate Guided (FFGs), and to ensure that they remain effective and supportable until their removal from service between 2015 and 2021. Royal Australian Navy (RAN) FFGs are a derivative of the United States (US) Navy Oliver Hazard Perry FFG-7 class Guided Missile Frigates. Each FFG is receiving an improved Anti-Ship Missile Defence system; an On Board Training System; an Electronic

Support System; an upgraded Underwater Warfare System (UWS), upgraded diesel generators and other ship systems. The upgrade project is also establishing a shore-based Operator and Team Trainer system and a Warfare System Support Centre (WSSC).

Deliverable Original Planned Achieved / Forecast Notes

Project Year of Commencement

Jun 1999

Initial Materiel Release (IMR)

N/A Dec 2006

Initial Operational Capability (IOC)

N/A Aug 2010

As a result of a revision to the original MAA, the project now has an endorsed IOC which has been disclosed accordingly.

Final Materiel Release (FMR)

Dec 2011 Dec 2015

FMR is nominally considered prior to Contract Final Acceptance from the Prime Contractor. The FFG Upgrade Prime Contract Final Acceptance occurred 2 March 2011. The Navy Capability Manager has not yet endorsed FMR for the FFG Upgrade Project so this event has been aligned to the conclusion of NOTE activities and the achievement of OR/FOC included under a revision to the original MAA approved in June 2011. CN has endorsed OR of the upgraded FFG capability that excluded UWS and imposed an operational limitation on ES and some elements of Air Area Defence (AAD). Revised FMR date has been based upon the anticipated implementation period required for the PANORAMA TDS solution. The FMR/FOC dates have moved to 2015, an extension to the dates previously anticipated, due to delays obtaining approval for the PANORAMA solution.

Final Operational Capability (FOC)

Dec 2011 Dec 2015

FOC as indicated in the MAA is aligned to OR of the upgraded FFG capability. The upgraded FFG capability has achieved conditional OR that excluded UWS and limited operation of the ES and other AAD systems. Revised FOC has been based upon the anticipated implementation period required for the PANORAMA TDS solution.

Content is current as at December 2014 and will be updated annually.

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