RAN Hobart-class air warfare destroyers to be upgraded with Aegis combat system

The Royal Australian Navy’s three Hobart-class destroyers are set to undergo an Aegis combat system upgrade which will increase the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) air and missile defence capability.

The Hobart-class will also have an Australian developed interface installed to integrate the Aegis combat system with the rest of the ship’s systems.

The upgraded version of the Aegis combat system for the Hobart-class Destroyers will also be installed in the new Hunter Class frigates, providing Defence with world-leading technology while improving sovereign shipbuilding capability.

As part of the Government’s enterprise approach, the Australian Interface will be designed and developed by Saab Australia, leveraging their combat management system experience gained across the rest of Navy’s surface fleet. The Australian Interface will also be common across both the Hobart and Hunter classes.

By installing the latest Aegis combat system and developing the Australian Interface here in Australia, we are guaranteeing the development of a long‑term Australian combat management system capability, Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said.

The Australian Department of Defence will commence industry and State engagement to inform Government consideration in 2021 on the shipyard location to deliver these upgrades. Work in Australia to install the new Aegis combat system and Australian Interface in Navy’s destroyers and frigates is planned to commence in 2024.

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