Now the minister of defense procurement Australia Jason Clare (Jason Clare) has announced the receipt of the first block of Melbourne for the second destroyer AWD (Air Warfare Destroyer) — Brisbane.
Mr Clare said the two blocks (blocks 415 and 111) produced by BAE Systems arrived in Adelaide on a barge with a tug of Williamstown (Victoria).
«Blocks make up one third of the front of the ship and their installation will be located vertically launched missiles Mk41 with 48 cells,» said Claire.
«OHR created for storing and launching missiles SM-2 or Evolved Sea Sparrow and is an important element of the combat system, which will be installed on destroyers class Hobart».
Missile destroyers built in a modular way, in which the blocks are made on 4 shipyards and dock at the shipyard Techport Australia South Australian government.
Head destroyer Hobart, is expected to be handed over to the Royal Australian Navy first Tsar in 2016. Assembly of the second ship should start first Brisbane 2014. Blocks: preparation began for the third destroyer Sydney.
«BAE has significantly improved the quality of their production and supply units with virtually no defects.»
«It demonstrates the hard work and skill of the team BAE shipyard in Williamstown.»
AWD destroyers based on the proven design of Navantia, supplied the destroyers for the Spanish fleet, and after completion they will become one of the world’s most modern warships this size.
The ships will be equipped weapon system Aegis, which makes them able to take on a leading role in the Australian Defence Forces, also in the coalition forces.
Project implemented by AWD AWD Alliance, which includes the organization of military procurement company ASC and Raytheon Australia.
Currently, BAE made 11 blocks for the project AWD, including seven blocks for the first two destroyers, and — for the second.
The project specifically AWD employs more than 2,500 people, including 200 people from BAE in Melbourne.