Navantia Australia wins platform systems design deal for Hobart-class destroyers

Navantia Australia has been contracted by the Commonwealth of Australia as the Platform Systems Designer for the SEA4000 Phase 6 Hobart-class destroyer combat systems upgrade.


Navantia Australia’s Managing Director Israel Lozano said that the engagement as Platform Systems Designer is a major achievement for the company and will drive significant growth.

“All of the platform design and engineering work is being performed in Australia by Navantia Australia personnel, located in either Navantia’s Naval Design and Engineering Centre in Docklands, Melbourne or in Navantia Australia’s offices in Sydney,” Loano stated.

The Destroyer Capability Enhancement program is a major upgrade to the Hobart-class destroyers and will require significant industrial resources and collaboration from industry partners, including Navantia Australia, Lockheed Martin Australia, Saab Australia and BAE Systems Australia, working with defence.   

Navantia Australia will support and work closely with the Combat System Integration – Integrated Project Team (CSI-IPT) under the recently signed CSI Collaboration Agreement (CCA) for the integration of combat system elements in the destroyers.

The firm will also collaborate with Saab Australia for the integration of the Australian Interface, a system based on Saab’s in-service 9LV Combat Management System through the CSI-IPT.

“For over 20 years, we have worked hand-in-glove with Navantia to successfully integrate the Aegis Weapon System into multiple classes of frigates around the world as well as test and validate the Aegis capability to deliver an unmatched IAMD capability edge to our customers,” Lockheed Martin Australia’s Vice President of Operations Rotary and Mission Systems Australia and New Zealand, Steve Froelich stated.

“We look forward to working with Navantia, Saab Australia, and Australian small-to-medium enterprises to bring the latest Aegis capabilities to the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Hobart Class Guided Missile Destroyers.”

Navantia Australia will perform the Platform Systems Designer role for modernisation of the combat system, including the development and coordination of the design aspects of the platform system; development of the ship installation design products, including ship’s engineering drawings and Ship Alterations packages; and related engineering change artefact