BAE SYSTEMS LED-UPGRADE CONTRACT
Securing a bright future for the Navy’s ANZAC-Frigates
As the Royal Australian Navy crew expands, and the regulatory and compliance requirements change, it becomes essential to upgrade our Australian defence vessels to support this growth.
Versalux Marine has been working with BAE Systems Australia for over 30 years, delivering dynamic lighting solutions to the Royal Australian Navy. Most recently, the Marine team has been deployed to undertake a LED-Upgrade on the ANZAC-Frigates, as part of the longstanding Anzac Class Platform Systems Remediation (PSR) Program.
“With technical support from our partners Glamox/Aqua Signal, we’ve developed a customised, cost-effective upgrade concept that considers the installed base, the latest technology, and the best tailored solution for BAE Systems and the Navy,” said Versalux Marine’s Mr Robert Gibson, Business Development Manager, who has been involved in the Anzac Class Platform since 1992.
The original Anzac Ship build contract was awarded in 1988, and the age of the Anzac fleet averages over ten years, with the oldest, HMAS Anzac, having served almost twenty years. During this operating period there have been significant changes to the capability and operating profiles of these ships and, as a result, there has been a continuous need to service and upgrade them.
On this latest project, Versalux Marine initially conducted a trade study, which identified that the replacement of the fluorescent lighting with a LED equivalent would help address some of the concerns around the ships’ operability. They worked closely with BAE Systems’ Engineering Team to design, refine, develop, manufacture and deliver the upgrade across the fleet, troubleshooting installation and operability concerns as the project was delivered.
“Improvements to the ships’ lighting fixtures and fittings were needed to ensure that the Anzac Class Platform Systems were capable of achieving Life of Type – that is, to ensure this fleet could remain operational to an acceptable level of safety based on current in-service management practices,” BAE Systems’ Mr Joseph Cardillo, then Commercial and Procurement Manager and now Major Sub-contracts Manager, said.
“The main focus of this latest project has been to improve the reliability, efficiency and supportability of the lighting systems, and to provide through life support for the ships, ensuring that all works continue to meet military standards and specifications such as reliability, shock and vibration testing,” Mr Cardillo added. “Versalux Marine are, once again, satisfying the stringent Fit, Form and Function requirements of the Royal Australian Navy whilst delivering new LED technology to the Platform and increasing the light quality on the vessels, which, in turn, provides a safe working environment for the mariners. Since their first contract in 1989, when they led the delivery of the first lighting systems to the ANZAC-Frigates, they have always supported and delivered, which is why for many decades they have remained an integral part of our supply chain.”
For more information, please contact:
Mr Robert Gibson
Business Development Manager
t: 03 8878 2000
m: 0438 116 500