Australia is to equip its future frigates, planned to be constructed under the country's new shipbuilding strategy, with Lockheed Martin’s Aegis combat management system together with a Saab Australia-developed tactical interface.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said, “Recent events in our region have proven that Australia’s future frigates must be equipped to defend Australia from the threat of medium and long-range missile attacks,” referring to North Korea's aggressive attitude. The new frigates' construction is due to start in 2020.
Under the new plan, Australia's current ANZAC and Adelaide class frigates will be replaced with new ships better able to “detect, track and, if required, destroy enemy submarines”. Its Armidale offshore patrol vessels, designed for border protection, will also be renewed, along with its diesel and electric-powered Collins Class submarine fleet.