Aegis on Schedule for AWD
Aegis Combat System completes integration with other Air Warfare Destroyer combat elements
For Australia’s Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program, it’s been smooth sailing for the development of its Aegis Combat System.
Lockheed Martin’s Aegis Combat System sits at the core of the AWD program’s multi-mission capability through its ability to simultaneously detect, track and engage multiple air, surface and subsurface targets.
The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin Foreign Military Sales (FMS) team has been working with Australia’s Defence Materiel Organisation and the AWD Alliance to ensure the Aegis system for the program’s three Hobart class ships proceeds as planned.
The development phase of Aegis system is nearly complete and on schedule, with final testing planned for April. The integration of the Aegis system with the other FMS elements of the AWD’s combat system was recently completed on schedule. Production and testing of the combat system for the first two ships is finished, with the third scheduled for completion next year.
With the integration of the Aegis system with the other AWD FMS combat system elements recently completed at the US Navy's Combat System Engineering Development Site, The SEA 4000 Air Warfare Destroyer Program will upgrade Australia's maritime defence capability with the most advanced and complex warships ever built in Australia.
The 146.7-metre long ships will be capable of detecting and engaging aircraft at extended ranges and protecting deployed forces from air and missile attack. This will ensure Australia's amphibious and support ships can operate with 24-hour air defence, as well as supporting land forces in coastal areas and aircraft operations. The air warfare destroyers will also have anti-submarine and anti-surface capabilities.
Lockheed Martin will highlight the Aegis Combat System as part of its exhibit at the Pacific 2012 Conference in Sydney Jan. 31 through Feb. 2. Other featured Lockheed Martin products and programs include the MH-60R maritime helicopter and the Collins Mission Systems in Service Support & Future Submarine Program. Lockheed Martin will regularly post news, video and pictures on our Tumblr site. Check back and stay up-to-date with real-time posts from the show.