In support of the Royal Australian Navy and the Destroyer Enterprise, Lockheed Martin Australia has executed a range of complex Aegis upgrades on-board HMA Ships Hobart and Brisbane at Garden Island, Sydney. Lockheed Martin Australia, working with the RAN and industry partners as part of a combat system enterprise approach, performed specialist upgrades and deep maintenance on the Aegis Weapons System including SPY-1D(V) radar systems on-board the Royal Australian Navy Hobart Class Destroyers during May and June. This period has demonstrated Australian sovereign sustainment of the Aegis Weapon System in the absence of planned US onsite support due to COVID-19 restrictions.

This is the first time a Lockheed Martin international team has planned and executed an upgrade to an Aegis-equipped ship outside of the US. As part of this work, the Aegis Computer Programme, complex Aegis ‘light off’ activities and deep system maintenance was performed on-board HMA Ships Hobart and Brisbane, ultimately ensuring all systems were operating correctly and the ships were operationally ready to commence their next mission.

Joe North, CEO of Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand.

“This effort demonstrates Australia’s sustainable sovereign industrial capability in action at its best, with the global expertise performing the knowledge transfer to the local team during the  program execution phase and thereby allowing sovereign talent to deliver the sustainment efforts on the ground in Australia,” said Joe North, CEO of Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand.

With more than 100 Aegis-equipped ships deployed worldwide across six navies including the US Navy, the Spanish Navy, and the Republic of Korea Navy, the Royal Australian Navy is able to unite with the wider family of Aegis allied nations, ensuring greater global interoperability, increased maritime domain awareness and safeguards for our collective navies’ missions.

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