Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD)

Air Warfare Destroyer
Air Warfare Destroyer

The Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) will deliver an effective, flexible and sustainable Air Warfare Destroyer capability for the security of Australia.

The 2000 Defence White Paper stated the Australian Defence Force would replace the Navy’s FFGs with a class of at least three air defence capable ships, the new Air Warfare Destroyers.

The Air Warfare Destroyer Program will provide the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) with one of the world’s most capable all purpose warships. In selecting the F100 as the baseline platform design and coupling it with the Aegis combat system, the Australian Government has ensured tomorrow’s Navy has the best equipment to defend Australia and its national interests.

These Hobart Class AWDs will provide 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 AWDs will carry a 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.

The Hobart Class will 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 the AWDs have the layered defensive and offensive capability required to counter conventional and asymmetric threats.


  • HMAS Hobart (III)
  • HMAS Brisbane (III)
  • HMAS Sydney (V)


  • Length 146.7 metres
  • Beam: 18.6 metres
  • Draft: 7.2 metres
  • Full Load Displacement: 7,000 tonnes
  • Performance

  • Top Speed: 28+ knots
  • Range: 5,000+ nautical miles at 18+ knots
  • Crew

  • Approx 180
  • Accommodation

  • 234
  • Combat System

  • Aegis Weapon System Baseline 7.1
  • AN/SPY-1D(V) Phased Array Radar
  • Horizon Search Radar
  • Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (48 VLS Cells)
  • Mk 45 5” 62 Calibre Gun
  • Advanced HARPOON Weapon Control System: 2 quad launchers
  • EW Suite
  • Very Short Range Air and Surface Defence
  • NULKA Active Missile Decoy system
  • Integrated Sonar System incorporating a Hull Mounted and towed array sonar
  • Communications Suite
  • Aviation

  • Hangars: 1
  • Boats

  • Two Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats