Australia Pre-Buys AEGIS, Establishes SEA 4000 AWD Program Council

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AEGIS Combat Control(click to view full) DID has covered Australia’s 3-ship, A$ 6 billion (USD $4.5 billion) SEA 4000 Air Warfare Destroyer program in some depth before. The project continues to move forward, with Australia placing an A$ 1 billion (USD $750 million) pre-order for key components of the AEGIS Combat System and setting up an Alliance Principals’ Council for the program. The AEGIS system components are being procured despite the fact that the SEA 4000 destroyer does not yet have a finalized ship design. Spain’s F100 Frigate(click to view full) Australia’s Minister of Defence Senator Hill said the Government has approved the purchase of three Aegis Weapon Systems from the United States Navy to reduce project risks and capital costs. “The Aegis Weapon System comprises the core command and control system, phased array radar and missile launch system capability,” Senator Hill said. “Placing the order for the systems now allows the United States to continue manufacturing the systems for Australia without halting its production line bringing about greater efficiency and achieving considerable savings. The purchase will also maximise opportunity for Australian industry to provide sub-systems such as communications, electronic warfare, sonar, electro-optical sensors and other equipment.” “…This decision maintains […]

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