Austal is showcasing its proven border protection and multi-mission platforms at Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition at Sydney, Australia from 7-9 Oct 2013. Austal has come to dominate the Australian patrol boat market, winning three consecutive contracts for frontline patrol boats, including the Armidale Class patrol boats for the Royal Australian Navy; the Bay Class and their successor the Cape Class for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
Austal is also joined at Pacific 2013 by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.
Davyd Thomas, Austal’s Vice President Defence said that Pacific 2013 is the best showcase of defence maritime industry capability that the region has to offer, “Austal and our strategic partner, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, will be there to help customers learn more about our border protection solutions and multi-mission capable platforms, including the Cape Class Patrol Boat, Multi-role Combatant, Littoral Combat Ship and Joint High Speed Vessel”.
Austal’s newest innovation, the Integrated Maritime Coordination and Surveillance system (IMARCS), will also be on display. IMARCS offers maritime border protection organisations real-time situational awareness, integration and coordination of sea, air and coastal assets.
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems will highlight the proven successes of its open architecture computing infrastructure, OPEN CI, as well as the applicability of OPEN CI to future platforms. Through its ‘plug and play’ integration capability for ship systems and mission modules, OPEN CI allows international navies to select the systems that best meet their fast-changing requirements in a cost-effective manner. With OPEN CI, ship commanders and operators no longer have to completely overhaul a system for small changes and improvements to be made.
In addition to reducing acquisition risk, OPEN CI also facilitates the quick and seamless integration of new capabilities. Currently serving as the technology backbone for the core mission systems of the Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship and Joint High Speed Vessel, OPEN CI’s scalable, versatile design can be easily adapted for future international variants of these systems.
The exhibit also includes a virtual tour of the Independence-variant LCS.