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14 juin 2013 5 14 /06 /juin /2013 16:35

14.06.2013 Defense Studies

A computer-generated animation has been released today which highlights the multi-mission capability of the three naval destroyers being built as part of the Air Warfare Destroyer Project.

AWD Alliance CEO Rod Equid said the animation will increase understanding of the exceptional capabilities available in the Hobart Class and provide an insight into how the ships can be used in-service.

“The destroyers will provide the Royal Australian Navy with the most capable warships they have ever operated, with a sophisticated range of both offensive and defensive weapons,” Mr Equid said. 

“They will be able to assume a leading Command and Control role with Australian and Coalition forces.”

“The animation will be shown to defence personnel and is also expected to be used for recruiting purposes to help attract people interested in joining the forces and serving on the ships in the future.”

Each AWD will be crewed by 180 men and women from the Royal Australian Navy, with initial training scheduled to start in early 2014.

The AWD Project is progressing well with the first destroyer, Hobart, now almost 50 per cent consolidated at Techport in Adelaide.  Since September last year, 15 of 31 blocks have been joined or are in the process of being joined to form the rapidly growing structure. 

It is expected that the consolidation of the entire hull will be complete early in 2014 with the launch planned for the second half of 2014.

The AWD project is the most complex naval ship construction program ever undertaken in Australia and is currently Australia’s largest defence procurement project.  It is building Australia’s industry capability and skills in the naval shipbuilding sector for future naval shipbuilding projects.

The Alliance is made up of the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) representing the Australian Government, ASC as the lead shipbuilder and Raytheon Australia as the mission systems integrator.

(AWD Alliance)

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22 novembre 2012 4 22 /11 /novembre /2012 08:20

Australian Collins-class submarines, HMAS Dechaineux and HM




The Australian navy said it wants 12 new non-nuclear attack submarines.


The Australian government said it wants boats to be either an evolved Collins class vessels or a new submarine designed and built at Techport in Adelaide.


The government reached its decision about expanding the Australian navy's submarine fleet after a $214 million future options study outlined four options, which will be whittled down to two next year.


The current class of Collins boats has exhibited problems such as excessive noise, mechanical and combat systems problems. Defense officials have orders a major land-based "test bed" facility to be constructed in Adelaide to evaluate crucial aspects of the submarines, including propulsion systems, before they are launched, The Herald Sun reported.


The projected 12 submarines will cost more than $30 billion and will represent the country's biggest defense project, creating thousands of jobs and work for hundreds of companies.


It is expected that the boats will be built by the ASC, formerly the Australian Submarine Corp., a government-owned Australian naval defense company based at Osborne in Adelaide, South Australia.

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4 juillet 2012 3 04 /07 /juillet /2012 17:35

Australian Collins-class submarines, HMAS Dechaineux and HM


4 July 2012naval-technology.com


The Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) has awarded a new in service support contract (ISSC) to ASC to provide maintenance for the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Collins-class submarine fleet.


ASC managing director and chief executive officer Steve Ludlam said that the ISSC aimed to support greater collaboration, cooperation and accountability to ensure that the requirements of RAN were met, while delivering value for money.


"Ensuring the required level of submarine availability and reliability for the RAN will be a key outcome, while ensuring safety and technical integrity requirements continue to be met," Ludlam added.


The ISSC contract, which will replace the previous through life support agreement (TLSA), came into operational effect from 1 July.

"Ensuring the required level of submarine availability and reliability for the RAN will be a key outcome, while ensuring safety and technical integrity requirements continue to be met."


The Collins-class Type 471 diesel-electric submarines have been designed to carry up to 22 missiles and torpedoes, as well as six 533mm forward torpedo tubes with air turbine pump discharge.


Designed by Kockums, the submarines can be armed with Gould mk48 mod 4 torpedo with 267kg warhead, as well as BAE Systems' Stonefish mkIII mines.


In addition to Boeing Sub Harpoon anti-ship missile, the submarines are equipped with active radar homing and features an EDO ES-5600 system, to provide automatic detection, direction finding and identification of radar signals.


Powered by three Hedemora/Garden Island Type V18B/14 four-stroke turbo charged diesel engines, the submarines also feature two Strachan and Henshaw submerged signal and decoy ejectors (SSDE).

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3 mai 2012 4 03 /05 /mai /2012 17:40



May 3, 2012 defpro.com


ASC has welcomed the Australian Prime Minister’s support as part of funding announced today by the Federal Government to provide $214 million for the next stage of the Future Submarine project.

Welcoming the Prime Minister, the Minister for Defence, the Minister for Defence Materiel and the South Australian Premier to ASC’s Adelaide site today, ASC Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Steve Ludlam said the decision provides the impetus to industry to progress planning for the Future Submarine project.

“Australia has a world-class shipbuilding industry and this funding announcement allows the industry to progress planning and further build capability,” Mr Ludlam said.

“The Prime Minister’s acknowledgement today of ASC’s submarine sustainment activities and significant role in the Future Submarine project moving forward will enable us to progress confidently with our own preparations.

“ASC is already well advanced in building capability to support the Future Submarine project through our investment in Deep Blue Tech, a subsidiary set up to prepare for the project.”

Mr Ludlam said that ASC stands ready to support, and deliver, a successful future submarine program.

“The insights and learnings that can be taken from the Collins Class submarine project will be instrumental in the development of the future submarine, and to that end we have been working closely with the Government through the Coles Review.

“We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with Government to enhance and serve Australia’s defence capabilities in the most appropriate manner.”

Mr Ludlam has also been announced as a member of the Expert Industry Panel that would be charged with developing a Future Submarine Industry Skills Plan.

“Ensuring Australia builds and maintains a high level skill base to support the Future Submarine project will be critical to its success,” Mr Ludlam said.

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