Third Air Warfare Destroyer delivered
Commonwealth of Australia provisionally accepts advanced 'Sydney'
The Australian Department of Defence provisionally accepted Sydney, the third and final Air Warfare Destroyer on February 14, 2020, at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia.
Raytheon Australia integrated Australia’s most advanced and complex combat system into the destroyers. This work involved the installation of 10 major subsystems, including the Aegis Weapon System, and the associated delivery of more than 3,500 major pieces of combat system equipment.
“We have seen more than 5,000 people and over 2,700 suppliers contribute millions of hours of effort to the AWD program – the most complex defence project ever undertaken in Australia,” said Royal Australian Navy Commodore Steve Tiffen, director general, Naval Construction Branch, and AWD program manager. “The complexity of this project is reflected in the sophistication of these AWDs and these warships provide a true step-change in capability for the Australian Defence Force.”
The AWDs are equipped with the Cooperative Engagement Capability system, enabling United States and Australian warships to share targeting data in real time. Australia is the first international partner outside of the U.S. to gain access to this technology.
“As the most lethal and flexible destroyers warships Australia has ever possessed, NUSHIP Sydney along with her sister ships HMAS Hobart and HMAS Brisbane, feature an advanced anti-submarine warfare capability, state-of-the-art radar technology and an air defence system capable of engaging enemy aircraft and missiles at an extended range,” Tiffen said.
The AWD program and Raytheon Australia’s experience in integrating complex systems is the foundation of a trusted partnership with the Australian Department of Defence.
“Raytheon’s work as the Combat System Integrator has been delivered on time and on budget,” said Michael Ward, Raytheon Australia managing director. “There are lessons that have been learnt through this program, and those lessons will deliver real benefits to future complex defence programs in Australia.”