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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 33 | JULY 2017
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The first Hobart-class Air Warfare
Destroyers (AWD) for the Royal Austral-
ian Navy achieved provisional accept-
ance on 16 June at the Osborne Naval
Shipyard in South Australia.
Leadship Hobart is one of three AWDs
being built and integrated by the AWD
Alliance comprising the Department of
Defence, ASC, Raytheon Australia and
support from Navantia. The AWD build
remains on budget and within schedule.
Minister for Defence Industry Christo-
pher Pyne said provisional acceptance
represented some of the most complex
and innovative engineering accomplish-
ments ever undertaken in Australia.
“These skills have taken over a dec-
ade to build and position Australia well
to support the Government’s new Naval
Shipbuilding Plan,” he said.
Raytheon Australia managing director
Michael Ward said that the AWD will be
the “most lethal and sophisticated war-
ship ever operated by the RAN”.
As the combat systems integrator, the
company is responsible for the integration
of 10 major sub-systems, including the
Aegis Weapon System (AWS), which is
provided through the US Foreign Military
Sales channel, and associated delivery of
more than 3,500 major pieces of combat
system equipment required to establish
the AWD’s warfighting capability.
“The AWD’s combat system integra-
tion activities represent some of the most
advanced engineering and project man-
agement skills in this country. It is ex-
tremely satisfying that our strong invest-
ment in local capabilities has contributed
so much to this provisional acceptance
milestone today,” Mr Ward said.
The provisional acceptance of Hobart
also marked 10 million hours of combat
system integration, architecture, develop-
ment and testing that Raytheon Australia
has delivered on equipment acquisition
programs for the Australian Defence
The handover of Hobart also makes
her the 107th ship to join the global Ae-
gis fleet alongside Japan, Spain, Norway,
the Republic of Korea and the United
The Lockheed Martin AWS is a cen-
tralised, automated, command-and-con-
trol weapons control system that was
designed as a total combat management
system from detection to engagement.
The AWS enables multi-mission capabil-
ity, network centric warfare, co-operative
engagement capability and growth to the
SM-6 missile and future capabilities.
Over the coming months, Hobart will
transit from Adelaide to Sydney where
she will be commissioned into RAN ser-
vice in September 2017.
An AWD Alliance spokesperson told
DTR that the following milestone dates
apply to the remaining two ships:
• Brisbane contractor sea trials – 4th
• Brisbane Category 5 sea trials
• Brisbane delivery to Defence – 2018
• Sydney launch – mid-2018
• Sydney delivery to Defence – late
– Staff Reporters
Provisional acceptance for first AWD
New UK carrier starts sea trials
Mission management suite for RAAF transports
ABOVE: With provisional acceptance
achieved, leadship Hobart will enter
service with the RAN in September this
year. Image: ADF
The Royal Navy’s (RN) first of two
Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers
has commenced contractor sea trials off
the north-east coast of Scotland.
The 65,000 tonne HMS Queen Eliz-
abeth departed Rosyth on 26 June for
her maiden sea voyage and will spend six
weeks testing ship primary systems and
performance. According to a UK Ministry
of Defence release, the trials will mon-
itor speed, manoeuvrability, power and
propulsion as well as undertake weapon
trials and readiness level evaluations.
Following the initial trials, HMS Queen
Elizabeth will return to Rosyth for further
testing and maintenance before heading
back to sea for a second stage of trials to
test her mission systems. Delivery to the
RN is scheduled for later this year.
HMS Queen Elizabeth’s sister ship,
HMS Prince of Wales is structurally com-
plete and in the outfitting phase of her
build by BAE Systems.
The ships are the largest ever built
for the RN and will be the centrepiece
of Britain’s power projection capability.
Each 280m ship will operate the shor t
take-off and vertical landing F-35B Joint
Strike Fighter. Maximum embarked avia-
tion capacity is up to 36 F-35B aircraft
plus four helicopters, although a typical
aircraft load would be around 24 F-35Bs.
HMS Queen Elizabeth will begin heli-
copter first-of-class flight trials (FOCFT)
in late 2017 and F-35B FOCFT towards
the end of 2018. The MoD expects to
declare the ship operationally ready in
– Staff Reporters
ABOVE: HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently
undergoing contractor sea trials. She
will be handed over to the RN in late 2017.
Images: Crown Copyright
ABOVE: The RAAF’s Air Mobility Group
is to receive an integrated mission
management suite. Image: ADF
Boeing companies Jeppesen and
Tapestry Solutions will integrate a new
mission management suite (MMS) for
the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF)
Air Mobility Group (AMG).
According to Jeppesen, the MMS
will improve Air Mobility Control Centre
(AMCC) operations, specifically related
to request and mission planning, dip-
lomatic clearance management, auto-
mated/on-demand report generation,
expense tracking and management, haz-
ardous cargo management, security and
integration with their existing systems.
The tool will enable the AMG to manage
50 per cent more missions without addi-
The MMS is a Web-based solution
that provides military operators with
a single user interface that integrates
multiple functions in a unified platform.
The AMG aircraft that the AMCC task
and control include the KC-30 Multi Role
Tanker Transport, C-130J-30 Hercules,
C-27J Spartan, C-17A Globemaster III,
B300 King Air, BBJ 737 and CL-604
– Staff Reporters
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