Air Warfare Destroyers

The $9.1 billion Air Warfare Destroyer project is being delivered at Osborne Naval Shipyard by the AWD Alliance, made up of the Australian Government through the Department of Defence, lead shipbuilder ASC Pty Ltd, and mission systems integrator Raytheon Australia.

The most complex ship construction undertaken in Australia, the Air Warfare Destroyer program will provide the Royal Australian Navy with three of the world’s most capable multi-mission ships.

The Hobart class destroyers will provide air defence against attacking missiles and aircraft. With a range of more than 5000 nautical miles, they will protect land forces, other ships and infrastructure in near-coastal areas.

The first destroyer, Hobart, was launched at a rate of 75 per cent complete in May 2015, with combat system integration and testing underway after combat system light off started in November 2015. Hobart completed the first phase of sea trials in September 2016 and is due to undertake acceptance sea trials in the first quarter of 2017. 

The second destroyer, Brisbane, was launched on 15 December 2016 while the third destroyer, Sydney, is due to be launched in May 2018.

More than 2000 people in South Australia work on the AWD project, driving high-end manufacturing and systems integration skills for the future.

The AWD Alliance is working with Navantia as the platform system designer and with the United States Navy and Lockheed Martin to deliver the ships’ Aegis Combat System.

More information: AWD Alliance

For further information please direct all enquiries to David Eyre, Director Maritime, Defence SA. Tel: +61 8 8463 7161 or