All systems go
Australia's futuristic destroyer completes a critical series of tests
The most modern warship Australia ever built is one step closer to joining the fleet.
The high-tech Air Warfare Destroyer Hobart completed its sea acceptance trials with flying colors, marking the first time in which its full suite of platform and combat systems, all integrated by Raytheon Australia, were tested together. They performed as one, seamless, ship-wide system, proving this seafaring capability can really sail, a critical step toward delivery to the Royal Australian Navy.
The AWD Hobart will be the most capable, lethal warship in the Navy’s fleet. The three planned Hobart-class destroyers will provide world-class air defence against attacking missiles and aircraft for ships, and in coastal areas, land forces and infrastructure.
“This home-grown technology owes its strength to Raytheon Australia’s expertise in complex combat systems integration,” said Michael Ward, managing director of Raytheon Australia. “We have 350 people working here to deliver this critical capability on budget and schedule.”
As the prime combat system integrator, Raytheon Australia is responsible for ten major AWD subsystems and more than 3,500 major combat system components for the program. Over five weeks of sea trials, the AWD Alliance, the consortium building the Hobart, conducted some 20 platform system tests and 40 combat system tests.
“Those tests have validated Hobart’s complete mission system,” said AWD Alliance General Manager Paul Evans.
Raytheon Australia is now focused on delivery of the Hobart Class Command Team Trainer, the facility that will prepare the AWD crew members. The trainer will provide a lifelike, completely immersive environment for combat system training.