The term "air warfare destroyer" (AWD) is used to describe ships dedicated to the defence of accompanying ships, coastal land forces and coastal infrastructure from aircraft and missile attack. The Hobart-class AWDs carry a helicopter for surveillance, conduct surface and undersea warfare, and are also capable of naval gunfire activities.
ASC Shipbuilding’s workforce has provided shipbuilding capability to the AWD Alliance for more than a decade at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide. Ship blocks were also built at BAE Systems' shipyard in Williamstown, Victoria, before being transported to Osborne for outfitting and consolidation.
The lead ship, HMAS Hobart, was commissioned into service in 2017, followed by HMAS Brisbane in 2018. Delivery of the third ship, NUSHIP Sydney, is expected at the end of 2019. BAE Systems Australia now undertakes sustainment work as the three destroyers are delivered and transitioned into service.
BAE Systems’ core capabilities
ASC Shipbuilding is the core shipbuilding provider to the AWD Alliance. Over the last decade, ASC Shipbuilding has become a world-class shipbuilder of highly-complex surface combatants.
BAE Systems Australia is designated as managing contractor for Hobart-class AWD transition into service, as well as acting as a trusted advisor and implementing a through-life sustainment capability strategy. As part of this responsibility, the managing contractor drives capability outcomes on behalf of enterprise by coordinating and working together with industry partners to deliver engineering, supply and maintenance services to the Royal Australian Navy.
What we do
ASC Shipbuilding has provided core shipbuilding capabilities to the AWD Alliance since 2007. BAE Systems Australia was selected as a subcontractor to the program in 2009, building blocks of structure in before they were transported to South Australia for consolidation and outfitting by ASC Shipbuilding.
In 2016, BAE systems was awarded the first Managing Contractor arrangement in Maritime Systems Division and is responsible for the sustainment of the three Hobart class destroyers. This arrangement employs skilled individuals in Sydney and Adelaide, co-located and working collaboratively with the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) and key partners to ensure support is delivered to the ships as they transition from the Acquisition phase to operational deployments. The aim of the initial support period is to ensure that the AWD capability is declared fully operational and the support system is established to ensure that it can be maintained, and improved, through its service life.
Advanced technology training is and has been required across all three Air Warfare Destroyers to ensure the Royal Australian Navy are confident with the modern sonar systems, decoys, surface-launch torpedoes and close-in defence weapons on board the ships.
The Hobart class will conduct undersea warfare and be equipped with modern sonar systems, decoys, surface-launched torpedoes and an array of effective close-in defensive weapons. These capabilities ensure that the Hobart class have the layered defensive and offensive capability required to counter conventional and asymmetric threats.