Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyer (image : AusAWD)
Norwegian defence manufacturer, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA) announced this week that it has been awarded a NOK157 million (US$24.97 million) contract from Raytheon Australia as part of the Royal Australian Navy's Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) project.
Under the contract KDA will develop the Australian Tactical Interface (ATI), which will be a central part of the Hobart Class Combat System. The company has been awarded the subcontract by Raytheon as the Australian AWD Combat Systems Engineer.
The ATI will be the primary interface between the Lockheed Martin Aegis Weapon System and the other Hobart Class sensors and effectors. 'This contract is the result of long co-operations and dedicated work starting from our contract for the New Norwegian Frigate (Fridtjof Nansen class), continuing through the KDX III program in Korea and now the Air Warfare Destroyers (Hobart Class) for the Royal Australian Navy', stated KDA Executive Vice President Nils-Oddvar Hagen.
The Aegis Weapon System is what will give the Hobart Class its main air warfare capability. KDA has become a leading supplier of naval combat system capability in recent years building on both its civil maritime and naval expertise.
(Asian Military Review)