Port Adelaide firm MG Engineering has delivered the first of three 25-tonne masts for the Air Warfare Destroyer program.
In a statement Defence Materiel Minister Mike Kelly said completion of the five-storey high mast, which was delivered by barge to Adelaide, was proof of Australia's shipbuilding credentials.
“The mast is one of the most defining features of the destroyers and will house significant elements of the Aegis weapon system, including the navigation radar and the SPQ-9B, or ‘Spook’ horizon-search radar,” he said.
“Seeing local Port Adelaide company MG Engineering delivering the first of three 25-tonne masts under its $3.25 million contract makes today’s announcement even more significant.
“MG Engineering has hired an additional 12 production staff to undertake the AWD mast work over a two-year period, taking their total staff to 45.”
Air Warfare Destroyers are designed to provide air defence for ships and land forces, and Kelly said once operational the vessels would be the most capable asset the Royal Australian Navy had operated.
The project is being led by the AWD Alliance, made up of the Defence Materiel Organisation, lead shipbuilder ASC and systems integrator Raytheon Australia.