Ultra Sonar Systems press release
This contract ensures that the Integrated Sonar System installed on the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) DDGs, which is comprised of a Hull Mounted Sonar and a Towed Variable Depth Sonar joined by an integrated sonar processing suite to provide an advanced multi-sensor sonar capability, continues to support the operational requirements of the RAN.
Bernard Mills, President of Ultra Sonar Systems commented:
“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.”
About Hobart-class Destroyers
The three Hobart-class destroyers Hobart, Brisbane and Sydney are based on the Navantia designed F100 frigate and is coupled it with the Aegis Combat System. They were constructed in Australia by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance. The Hobart-class reached final operational capability in August 2021.
The Hobart-class provides air defence for accompanying ships in addition to land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas, and for self-protection against missiles and aircraft. The Aegis Combat System incorporating the state-of-the-art phased array radar, AN/SPY 1D(V), in combination with the SM-2 missile, will provide an advanced air defence system capable of engaging enemy aircraft and missiles at ranges in excess of 150km.
The Hobart-class ships carry a MH-60R helicopter for surveillance and response to support key warfare areas. The surface warfare function will include long range anti-ship missiles and a naval gun capable of firing extended range munitions in support of land forces.
They also conduct undersea warfare and be equipped with modern sonar systems, decoys, surface-launched torpedoes and an array of effective close-in defensive weapons.
These capabilities ensure that the Hobart-class guided missile destroyers have the layered defensive and offensive capability required to counter conventional and asymmetric threats.
- Displacement: 7,000 tonnes full load
- Length: 147.2 metres (483 ft)
- Beam: 18.6 metres (61 ft)
- Draught: 5.17 metres (17.0 ft)
- Speed: 28+ knots
- Range: 5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots
- Complement: 186 + 16 aircrew