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Air Warfare Destroyer

The AWD project will provide the Royal Australian Navy with one of the world's most capable multi-mission warships.

The requirement for the new air warfare destroyers (AWDs) was outlined in the 2000 Defence White Paper, while the acquisition of three ships was confirmed in the 2009 Defence White Paper. 

The AWD project will provide the Royal Australian Navy with one of the world's most capable multi-mission warships. In selecting the Spanish F100 as the baseline platform design, and coupling it with the Aegis Weapon System, the Australian Government has ensured tomorrow's Navy has the best equipment to defend Australia and its national interests.

In January 2006 the Government announced that the AWDs will be named HMAS Hobart, HMAS Brisbane and HMAS Sydney, ensuring the three ships reflect a rich history of service.

History

In May 2005 ASC was selected as the Shipbuilder for the AWD project. As the Shipbuilder, ASC is responsible for the construction of the AWDs at our dedicated shipyard – ASC South – located in Osborne, South Australia.  

In support of this role, ASC is managing:

  • Block construction and integration, including combat and platform systems integration and fabrication;
  • Subcontracting selected blocks;
  • Production design;
  • Planning and scheduling;
  • Supply chain management for major systems and equipment;
  • Platform integrated life-cycle support planning;
  • Liaison with Navantia, the Platform System Designer; and
  • Ship testing and activation.

AWD Specifications

The Hobart Class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) will be capable across the full spectrum of joint maritime operations, from area air defence and escort duties, right through to peacetime national tasking and diplomatic missions.  The AWD project will provide the Royal Australian Navy with one of the world's most capable multi-mission warships.

The AWDs, equipped with the SM-2 missile, will provide air defence for accompanying ships in addition to land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas, and for self-protection against missiles and aircraft.  They will also be equipped with the SM-6 long-range anti-aircraft missile, the most advanced weapon of its type, with a range of more than 370 kilometres.

The missiles combined with the Aegis Weapon System, incorporating the state-of-the-art phased array radar AN/SPY 1D(V), will effectively extend the air defence protection offered by these superior ships.

The AWDs will carry a helicopter for surveillance and response to support key warfare areas.  The surface warfare function will include long-range anti-ship missiles and a naval gun capable of firing extended range munitions in support of land forces.

As they enter service, the AWDs will be equipped with a sophisticated Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC), which will enable each vessel to act as a part of a wider 'grid' of sensor and weapon platforms that can share surveillance and targeting information.

The Hobart Class AWDs will also conduct undersea warfare and be equipped with modern sonar systems, decoys, surface-launched torpedoes and an array of effective close-in defensive weapons.

These capabilities will ensure the AWDs have the layered defensive and offensive capability required to counter conventional and asymmetic threats. When the Hobart Class AWDs enter service in the middle of the next decade, there will be around 100 Aegis equipped ships operating across the globe.

Specifications 
Length146.7 metres
Beam18.6 metres
Draft7.2 metres
Full Load Displacement7,000 tonnes
Top Speed28+ knots
Range5,000+ nautical miles at 18+ knots
Crewapprox.180
Accommodation236
Aviation hangars1
Boats2 rigid-hulled inflatable boats

Air Warfare Destroyer Capability

This video showcases the operational capabilities of an air warfare destroyer in dealing with threats from the air, sea surface and underwater.

ASC: Lead Shipbuilder

In May 2005 ASC was selected as the Shipbuilder for the AWD project.  As the Shipbuilder, ASC is responsible for the construction of the AWDs at our dedicated shipyard: ASC South, located in Osborne, South Australia.

In support of this role, ASC is managing:

  • Block construction and integration, including combat and platform systems integration and fabrication;
  • Subcontracting selected blocks;
  • Production design;
  • Planning and scheduling;
  • Supply chain management for major systems and equipment;
  • Platform integrated life-cycle support planning;
  • Liaison with Navantia, the Platform System Designer; and
  • Ship testing and activation.

AWD Building Blocks

The AWDs will be constructed using a block build method. Blocks are being manufactured at three shipyards across Australia ASC South - in Osborne, South Australia, BAE Systems in Williamstown, Victoria and Forgacs in Newcastle, New South Wales. Some blocks will also be built in Spain by the AWD design partner Navantia. The blocks constructed off site will be transported by sea to ASC South for block erection and integration.

Blocks will average 18 metres by 12 metres by 7 metres and weigh around 200 tonnes each.

AWD Construction

This video provides a week-by-week demonstration of how ASC will construct the air warfare destroyers.

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