Navantia Australia celebrates Hobart class Destroyer aviation capability upgrade

28 March 2019

Navantia Australia congratulates the AWD Alliance on achieving the major capability upgrade to the Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD), NUSHIP Sydney one year ahead of schedule as recently announced by Defence Minister Christopher Pyne and Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds.

Navantia has been providing the AWD Alliance with various consultancy services during the construction of the Hobart class ships. These include providing design services which support the integration of MH-60R ‘Romeo’ helicopter capability aboard the AWDs.

“As the designer, we are delighted to see the Hobart class design continue to evolve,” said Navantia Australia managing director Mr Alfonso Garcia-Valdes.

NUSHIP Sydney has received a major capability upgrade one year ahead of schedule

“Our involvement in this project means continued work for our highly skilled workforce that are integrated at the Osborne Naval Shipyard.

“Navantia Australia is committed to ensuring the Royal Australian Navy has full capability of these magnificent ships by providing sovereign sustainment capability wherever the Navy requires it,” concluded Mr Garcia-Valdes.

The Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyers are based on the Navantia-designed F100 guided missile frigate and is the most lethal warship Australia has ever possessed. It features advanced anti-submarine warfare capability, state-of-the-art radar technology and an air defence system capable of engaging enemy aircraft and missiles at an extended range.