Designer Selected for Australian Air Warfare Destroyers

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Arleigh Burke Flt. IIA(click to view full) The Australian Government has chosen Gibbs & Cox as the preferred ship designer for the Royal Australian Navy’s USD $4.5 billion SEA 4000 Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program. The US firm Gibbs & Cox beat out Germany’s Blohm + Voss and Spain’s Navantia to join a team made up of ship builder ASC Shipbuilder Pty Ltd and combat system engineer Raytheon Australia. “The selection of Gibbs and Cox as platform designer now completes the team whose responsibility it is to deliver the project,” Defence Minister Hill said. Nevertheless, the final AWD ship design is not set… F100 Frigate(click to view full) Gibbs & Cox were the lead ship designers for the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-Class AEGIS Destroyer, the first destroyer with the AEGIS system and currently the main air defense and missile strike platform in the US Navy. Their evolved Arleigh Burke design will now compete with an Australianised version of Navantia’s existing F100 AEGIS Frigate, and will be further considered by the Government as part of the next phase of the project. Blohm + Voss’ F124 Sachsen Class air defense frigate design is no longer in the running. The SEA 4000’s AEGIS […]

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