Air Warfare Destroyer Program

Capability Acquisition and Sustainment

Air Warfare Destroyer Program

The Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program is one of the largest Defence projects ever undertaken in Australia. It is a multi-phased project to acquire a multi-role surface combatant that will significantly increase Australia’s defence capabilities.

About the capability

The Hobart Class AWD will be one of the world’s most capable multi-purpose warships. It will provide air defence for accompanying ships, land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas, and self-protection against missiles and aircraft.

It will be capable across the full spectrum of joint maritime operations, from area air defence and escort duties, right through to peacetime national tasking and diplomatic missions.

About the AWD program

The AWD program is being delivered under an alliance-based contracting arrangement between ASC AWD Shipbuilder as the lead shipbuilder, Raytheon Australia as the mission systems integrator and the Government, represented by Defence.  Navantia works closely with Alliance partners as the AWD designer and ship build manager.

The AWD Alliance executes the project from its headquarters in Adelaide with industry partners located across the globe. The AWDs were constructed in blocks at three shipyards in Australia – ASC in Adelaide, BAE Systems Australia in Melbourne, and Forgacs in Newcastle – as well as at Navantia's shipyard in Ferrol, Spain.  The ships are then consolidated and integrated at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide.

The DDG Systems Program Office has been established, with BAE Systems as the Managing Contractor for the Transition Support Period, providing the necessary in-service support for the AWDs when they enter service with the Royal Australian Navy.

Progress to date

Phase 0 (complete) – Capability studies undertaken between 2001 and 2002

Phase 1 (complete) – Project definition between 2002 and 2005

Phase 2 (complete) – Project design phase from 2005 to 2007

Phase 3 (approved) – Acquisition and build of three Hobart Class AWDs and associated logistic support

Phase 3.2 (approved) – Standard Missile-2 conversion and upgrade.

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The AWD project

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