AMS has been awarded a contract worth more than £35 milllion for the supply of 3 Command and Control (C2) Systems, in support of the Republic of Korea Navy's. KDX destroyers programme. Samsung Thales Corporation (STC) in Seoul, who have awarded the contract, has been a Korean Industrial Partner with AMS on the KDX programmes since 1994.
The KDX-II C2 System comprises ten operator consoles sitting at the heart of a twenty equipment combat system. Previously, AMS has delivered similar systems for KDX-I and KDX-II Batch-I destroyers. Batch-II software will be functionally identical to that of Batch-I, which AMS developed over the last two years. All these systems are derived from Surface Ship Command System (SSCS) delivered to the Royal Navy for its Type 23 Frigates.
Much of the System hardware will be built under licence in the Republic of Korea, by STC. AMS is contracted to deliver hardware components and assemblies to Korea in six main consignments, over the first 40 months of the programme. The first hardware delivery is scheduled for March 2004. In addition, AMS software engineers will provide extensive maintenance support for the system.
AMS is an equal shares joint venture between Finmeccanica of Italy and BAE Systems of the UK. AMS is a multi-national electronic systems company specialising in the design, manufacture and supply of radar and mission critical command, control and management systems to defence forces and air traffic management authorities throughout the world. It employs 7,400 people, has a turnover in excess of 1.2bn Euros with a healthy order book of 4bn Euros which underpins its ambitious growth plans for the next four years. AMS has an established customer base in over 130 countries.