The team developing the Air Warfare Destroyer for the Royal Australian Navy has selected critical subsystems for the Hobart-class ships, including naming suppliers for the infrared search-and-track system, countermeasures, and navigation radar.
-- Sagem Defense Securite will provide the IRST subsystem, with a contract valued at A$10 million now let. The Air Warfare Destroyer will be fitted with the Vampire system, according to the AWD Alliance that includes industry and the Australian government.
-- Terma will provide the MK137 decoy launchers to help protect the destroyers against anti-ship missiles and also to combat acoustic-homing torpedoes. The initial contract is valued at around A$5 million.
-- L-3 Communications will provide the navigation radar, voyage data recorder and automatic identification system, using the L-3 SAM Electronics X-Band Navigation Radar; L-3 SAM Electronics Voyage Data Recorder DEBEG 4300 and L-3 Communications Aviation Recorders Division Protec-S AIS. The contract is valued at A$3.1 million.
Australia hopes to take delivery of the first of three of the vessels in 2014.
By the end of the year, another A$100 million are to be awarded, says Greg Combet, Australia’s defense procurement czar.
A decision is due next year in the competition to build the ship modules.