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Aussie Anti-Air Umbrella: The Hobart Class Ships
« on: October 19, 2007, 03:59:59 AM »
Aussie Anti-Air Umbrella: The Hobart Class Ships

he Royal Australian Navy took a pair of giant steps toward its future force in June of 2007, when it selected winning designs for 2 new Canberra Class LHD amphibious operations vessels, and 3 new Hobart Class “air warfare destroyers.”

Australia's ANZAC Class (Meko 200 derivative) and Adelaide Class (FFG-7 Oliver Hazard Perry Class) frigates have limited air defense capabilities. They would be hard-pressed to survive against modern anti-ship missiles, and even planned ANZAC upgrades would not make them suitable for protecting a task force. Under the SEA 4000 program, Australia plans to replace its retired air defense destroyers with a modern system that can provide significantly increased protection from air attack for troops being transported and deployed, integrate with the US Navy and other Coalition partners, offer long-range air warfare defense for Royal Australian Navy task groups, and help provide a coordinated air picture for fighter and surveillance aircraft. Despite their name and focus, the ships are multi-role designs with a "sea control" mission that includes advanced anti-submarine and surface warfare capabilities.

After a long campaign that supported the creation and detailed evaluation of 2 fleshed out designs, the A$ 8 billion program has a winner. To the surprise of some observers, Australia's 3 new "air warfare destroyers" will be… 'Australianized' F100 AEGIS frigates. Spain's Navantia made an A$ 11 billion clean sweep, winning both the Canberra Class LHD and the Hobart Class Air Warfare "Destroyer" contracts. The new AWD ships were scheduled to begin entering service with the Royal Australian Navy in 2013, but that date has now slipped to 2014-2015.

This DID FOCUS Article explains the details of the SEA 4000 program, offers some details re: the winning design plus the losing "Evolved DDG-51" option, and covers the contracts and key events to date. Which may include a 4th ship…

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