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April 1, 2010
s ship together
Navantia's F104 ship design is the basis for
the AWD. The F104 baseline is being updated
for AWD to include:
Key F105 features
Australian combat system modifications
Selected platform upgrades that are unique to the
More efficient and powerful diesel engines coupled with improved
fuel tank arrangements will provide increased range, while the inclu-
sion of a bow thruster will improve manoeuvrability in harbours.
Improvements to underway replenishment arrangements for man-
Changes to funnel tops to improve the ship's air wake.
Bunk size increases to improve habitability.
AWD Combat System Modifications
The latest Aegis 7.1 AN/SPY-1D(V) phased array radar.
Enhanced anti-submarine warfare capabilities and the addition of a
torpedo defence system.
ASW decoys for torpedo defence.
Enhanced undersea communications.
Integration of the MU90 torpedo.
Other changes include:
Modification of the MK45 gun and gun fire control system, including
provision for extended range munitions (ERM).
Addition of the cooperative engagement capability (CEC).
Modification of the IFF UPX-29 to the current tactical standard.
Addition of a horizon search radar (HSR) for improved anti-ship mis-
Upgrades to the surface-to-surface missile system to improve target
selectivity in congested water, littoral and coastal operations.
Upgrades to the very short-range defence system to improve its inte-
gration and utility against asymmetric surface threats.
Upgrades to the electronic warfare system, including the addition of
electronic attack capabilities.
Addition of X/Ka satcom and INMARSAT fleet broadband and C
Improved infrared search and track capabilities.
Addition of Nulka launchers for active missile decoys.
Upgrades to the on board training facilities for the more efficient
delivery of 'at sea' continuation training.
Additional navigation sensors for redundancy.
Removal of the tactical air navigation (TACAN) system.
AWD-Unique Platform Modifications
The ship's displacement will be increased to 7000 tonnes for an im-
proved service life margin.
Cold weather operation will be improved to allow for deployment
into Australia's southern waters.
The hangar will be modified to accommodate helicopters.
Other modifications include:
Increased total cold room capacity for improved endurance.
Incorporation of a fixed gas detection system to warn of the presence
of harmful gases in compartments where personnel exposure risks
Modification of the 220V/50Hz network to 240V/50 Hz, incorpo-
ration of Residual Current Devices (RCD) and the Australian pin
configuration for general purpose outlets.
Modification of existing stowage and increases in the number of
stowage facilities for thermal protective suit and life raft containers.
HEART OF THE BATTLESPACE: An impression of the Navy's new AWD in
the future battlespace by ABET(W) Benjamin Pummeroy, while below,
the AWD begins the long road to commissioning.
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