Lockheed Martin has commenced Aegis Combat System integration and testing aboard the first Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD), Hobart.
The testing will be facilitated by Lockheed Martin engineers and technicians to ensure that the equipment is properly installed and functional, the company stated.
“The Lockheed Martin team has successfully brought Aegis to life,” said Rob Milligan, surface ships program lead at Lockheed Martin Australia. “Our team is dedicated to ensuring the successful delivery of Hobart’s Aegis capability to the Royal Australian Navy.”
The company said that it used internal funds to develop specialist skills relating to the Aegis Combat System for its Australian AWD program workforce.
“We strengthened the AWD test team, which now includes experienced Lockheed Martin engineers and technicians from both Australia and the US to conduct the Aegis Combat System integration,” Milligan added.
Navy has received the Aegis Baseline 8 configuration, which integrates commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology and open architecture into the combat system.
Raytheon Australia, which is the AWD Mission Systems Integrator, pointed out in a separate statement that it is responsible for the design, integration, testing and activation of the entire Hobart class combat system, as well as delivery of the associated land-based support facilities.
“The test and activation of the combat system for Hobart, the first destroyer, has been under way for some months now and, building upon a number of critical milestones already accomplished, this month [March] saw first-time successful operation of the missile fire control radar and the SPY1D-(V) phased array radar, and the Australian Tactical Interface,” Raytheon told Australian Defence Business Review.