Lockheed Martin (LM) completed production of the first Aegis Weapon System for the Royal Australian Navy’s Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD-1) Program.
A "pull-the-plug" ceremony at its Moorestown facility earlier this week marked the successful completion of a full range of acceptance tests conducted over several months to verify system performance.
This milestone indicates the Aegis system is now ready for shipboard installation on HMAS Hobart, the first of Australia’s three planned Aegis-equipped destroyers, a LM press release says.
In 2007, the US Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to equip the three Australian ships with the Aegis. The first AWD-1 system will now be packed and shipped to ASC Shipyard in Adelaide, South Australia. Hobart is expected to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy in December 2014.
"This ceremony represents the culmination of an exceptional effort to deliver a tested Aegis Weapon System for the Australia Air Warfare Destroyer," says Rear Admiral Terry Benedict, Program Executive Officer for Integrated Warfare Systems, US Navy. "I want to congratulate the AWD Team, both in Australia and in the United States, on this significant achievement."
"We are so pleased to be a part of this international effort," said Orlando Carvalho, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s Surface/Sea-based Missile Defense business based in Moorestown.
"The Lockheed Martin team, along with our US Navy and Australian industry partners, the Defense Materiel Organization, Raytheon Australia and ASC Shipbuilding, continue to deliver the world’s finest combat system to our customers, and that makes all of us very proud to be part of this program."