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Ultra extends RAN air warfare destroyer contract

Ultra extends RAN air warfare destroyer contract

The company will continue to provide in-service support to the Hobart Class fleet after signing a new agreement.

The company will continue to provide in-service support to the Hobart Class fleet after signing a new agreement.

Ultra (Australia) has confirmed it has entered into an agreement for the fifth year of in-service support for the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of Hobart Class guided-missile destroyers (DDG).

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The contract, awarded by the fleet’s combat systems engineer Raytheon Australia, involves the continued sustainment of the Integrated Sonar System.

The system is comprised of a Hull Mounted Sonar and a Towed Variable Depth Sonar, joined by an integrated sonar processing suite.

The technology is designed to provide an advanced multi-sensor sonar capability.

“Ultra is committed to work closely with Raytheon and our other support partners to maximise the availability and operational capability of the Hobart Class destroyer for the Royal Australian Navy,” Bernard Mills, president of Ultra Sonar Systems, said.

Raytheon Australia was selected as the combat systems engineer in 2005, and has since delivered major subsystems, including the Aegis Weapon System, and the associated delivery of more than 3,500 major pieces of combat system equipment.

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Raytheon has also been tasked with the design and build of the land-based Through Life Support Facility (TLSF) and a Command Team Trainer.

The TLSF serves as a support facility for the sustainment of the Hobart Class Combat System through life and a training facility for Navy technicians and operators, while the Command Team Trainer provides a shore-based training environment to enable operators to develop skills and experience through simulated exercises.

Last month, RAN destroyer HMAS Sydney returned to Australia after passing test and evaluation trials off the coast of the US and Canada, which involved missile firings against low-altitude and supersonic targets.

The milestone marked the achievement of final operating capability (FOC) for the new Hobart Class fleet, developed as part of the Commonwealth government's $8.5 billion SEA 4000 program. 

Approximately 5,000 Australians are estimated to have worked on the air warfare destroyer program over the past decade, with over 2,700 unique suppliers supporting the development of HMAS Sydney.

[Related: Air warfare destroyer project achieves FOC]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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