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Navy getting its
OF ALL the ships in our inven-
tory, the new Air Warfare
Destroyers (AWD) will do
most to direct those serv-
ing in the RAN towards the Service's
stated mission -- to fight and win in the
The new Hobart class ships will
carry the best of what's available in
the way of weapons directed through
the Aegis weapon system to prosecute
the entire range of air, surface and sub-
surface threats, as the artist's impres-
sion, designed by ABET(W) Benjamin
As well as the missile armoury to
deal with air threats, the new ships will
have surface and sub-surface decoys for
missiles, torpedoes and close-in weap-
ons systems to deal with other threats
such as surface-skimming missiles and
small craft carrying explosives.
The ships are being built by the AWD
Alliance comprising DMO, ASC as the
shipbuilder and Raytheon Australia as
the combat system systems engineer.
Ship one is scheduled to be handed to
the RAN in December 2014.
Mr Gallacher is confident that he
has, in the AWD Alliance, the means of
delivering ships that will satisfy RAN
requirements. Crucially, staff from the
Alliance's industry partners Raytheon
and ASC are co-located in Adelaide, as
is DMO's program office.
The Hobart class is based on the
existing Spanish Navantia F104 design
but will carry some enhancements from
the newer Navantia F105 design, as well
as some adaptations to suit RAN oper-
ating conditions and an Australianised
"This is the first major project DMO
has decided to complete in an alliance
format," Mr Gallacher said.
"It's the first full-scale naval combat-
ant designed and implemented within an
alliance from the beginning.
"The overriding feature is the deci-
sion by DMO and Navy to work much
closer with industry in actually deliver-
ing the solution."
The approach, Mr Gallacher said,
was to select proven technology for the
AWD -- the Navantia design, with the
F104 actually in service, as the plat-
form, and select the US-developed Aegis
weapon system early in the project.
"The critical date was in mid-2007
when the Navantia design was selected,"
"That, and the selection of the Aegis
weapons system as the core of the
Hobart class combat system, really de-
risked the project because the Aegis sys-
tem is proven. It's in service with about
100 ships around the world."
When they go into service, the ships
will displace about 6500 tonnes but
will have the capacity for a further 500
tonnes to accommodate future changes.
"ASC is the shipbuilder and Raytheon
is the combat system systems engineer
but we really, as a team, take responsi-
bility for delivering the whole project,"
Mr Gallacher said.
The 'team' aspect extends beyond
the shores of Australia -- with a group
providing the platform design from the
Spanish F104 and the US Navy and
Lockheed Martin providing the Aegis
Manufacture of the modules or
blocks that will make up the AWDs will
take place at three sites -- the ASC ship-
yard within Adelaide's new Techport
maritime precinct, at BAE Systems --
Marine at Williamstown (Victoria), and
at FORGACS' Newcastle shipyard.
Final assembly and launch will take
place at Techport.
"In Australia, the number of people
directly employed will probably peak at
around 1900," Mr Gallacher said.
"The number of indirect jobs could
be between 3000 and 4000."
While selection of an existing design
was 'low risk, lower cost', it meant that
a lot of the equipment had to bought
through the existing (overseas) supply
Nevertheless, the Australian industry
participation in the project is expected to
exceed 50 per cent.
"We are trying to maximise the
involvement of Australian suppliers as
much as possible. Look at the sonar.
Although the supplier is a global com-
pany, it has given a commitment to do
at least 50 per cent of the content in
Australia," Mr Gallacher said.
"So Australian companies have an
opportunity to do almost everything
except the major equipment items.
"For instance, a Tasmanian company
is doing all the outfitting -- all the inner
cabins and facilities and so on. And
almost all of the structural steel is being
bought from Bluescope Steel."
The project is on schedule and within
budget with contracts for much of the
major equipment such as turbines, gen-
erators, steering gear and sonar already
"We have some outstanding contracts
-- the electronic warfare and communi-
cations systems are yet to be placed,"
Mr Gallacher said.
"But we're now getting down to
the many thousands of items we call
the minor stuff -- cables and connec-
tors and so on -- and there are likely to
be more than 1000 Australian suppliers
Officer of the
Alliance John Gallacher
(left) is building the
officers' dream. LCDR
recently spoke to Mr
Gallacher about how the
project is progressing.
This graphic has been digitally altered.
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