The 'light off' of the Aegis system symbolises the transition from the production period of the post delivery upgrade (PDU) to combat system testing and training for HMAS Hobart.
These tests ensure that the combat system equipment is operational, and the crew are ready to commence their next mission, Lockheed Martin confirmed.
“We are very proud of this accomplishment. Achieving Aegis light off for the Royal Australian Navy is an important milestone which demonstrates HMAS Hobart is fully operational and ready to support Navy’s mission to maintain Australia’s maritime security,” said Scott Thompson, interim chief executive of Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand.
“At Lockheed Martin Australia, we are committed to the development of sovereign capability for Australia. Through our national presence and partnerships with government, the Royal Australian Navy, local and international industry, Lockheed Martin Australia is leading the establishment of a sustainable, world-class sovereign capability to support Australia’s future maritime defence technology needs.”
It's the first time an Aegis 'light off' activity has been planned, co-ordinated and delivered by an Australian-led workforce, a feat that Lockheed Martin said "exemplifies the concept of sustainable sovereign capability".
A team of more than 20 dedicated technicians technicians from a range of local and international government and industry partners have supported Lockheed Martin Australia's efforts to allow Aegis to be operational on-board HMAS Hobart at Fleet Base East in Sydney.
Lockheed Martin is the original equipment manufacturer of Aegis, the world's most advanced maritime warfighting capability that "enables seamless interoperability" with key region allies such as the US, Japan and the Republic of Korea.