AWD Project Updates Project Updates en-AU Sat, 05 Sep 2015 12:11:50 GMT Sat, 05 Sep 2015 12:11:50 GMT Latest News on the AWD Project The AWD Alliance has made considerable progress to prepare the first destroyer Hobart for launch later this year. The launch of Hobart will be a significant milestone for the AWD program, marking an important step forward toward the delivery of the three highly capable warships to the Royal Australian Navy. Over the past few months, Hobart has moved into an advanced phase of production and integration, with a fully consolidated hull and a substantial level of combat and platform systems installed, including the Vertical Launch System, the Electronic Warfare antenna, all four SPY radar array faces, the sonar dome and the MK 45 gun mount. In February, Hobart became the first ship outside of the US to have the next generation AN/SPQ-9B radar installed. This radar will enable the Royal Australian Navy to scan out to the horizon to detect and track of low flying anti-ship cruise missiles, surface threats, and low/slow flying aircraft, UAVs and helicopters. Power has also been distributed through Hobart’s main switchboard, bringing the ship to life. Once Hobart moves into the water, the work on this destroyer will focus on ship completion and system commissioning, leading into sea trials. The AWD program has benefited from the commencement of the Government initiated AWD Reform Strategy. Over the past three months, a group of experienced shipbuilding personnel from BAE Systems and Navantia and additional corporate personnel from Raytheon Australia have been working within the AWD Alliance teams to provide mentorship and advice. The AWD Alliance is focused on preparing Hobart to move into this next phase, while also applying lessons learned from Hobart to the second and third destroyers. The second destroyer Brisbane is in an advanced state of fit-out with more than half of the 31 blocks already consolidated on the hardstand. Techport Australia remains the hub for the consolidation and integration activities for all three destroyers. Also at Techport, the AWD Alliance has commenced training using the Integrated Platform Management System training simulator in the Maritime Skills Centre. Note - the project currently employs a total of about 3,000 people working directly on the project throughout Australia. The AWD Alliance – made up of lead shipbuilder ASC, mission systems integrator Raytheon Australia and the Commonwealth Government through the Defence Materiel Organisation – is responsible for delivering three Hobart Class destroyers and support elements. Tue, 07 Apr 2015 21:30:00 GMT