Spanish manufacturer Navantia has completed the delivery of landing helicopter docks (LHD) landing craft (LLCs) to Australia, with the final four arriving in the Commonwealth in Sydney today.
The contract was originally signed four years ago. Under the terms, twelve LLCs would be provided to the Royal Australian Navy after undergoing testing in Spain. Navantia will also provide in-country support for the fleet according to the deal.
With the addition of these amphibious assault ships to their arsenal, the Australian Defense Force is set up to be one of the best in the world. Navantia has played a crucial role in this growth over the past decade by supplying these LHDs and LLCs, along with air warfare destroyers (AWDs).
The crafts will operate with the new Canberra-class LHD amphibious assault vessels, HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide. Two MAN 809kW engines and two waterjet propellers will power the ship, making it similar to models from previous years. At 6.4 meters wide and 2.8 meters deep, they give it a maximum cruising speed of more than 20k and a 190nm range.Key specifications of the ship include:
The LHD will come fully equipped with weapons, namely an Anti-Torpedo Towed Defense System (Nixie), four 20 mm automated guns, 6 x 12.7 mm machine guns, and an active missile decoy system Nulka (weight and space reserve).
Navantia offers its shipbuilding services to both military and civil customers. Its shipyards are located all throughout the country - it is the fifth-largest shipbuilder in Europe, and the ninth-largest in the world. The company is owned by the state, and employs over 5,000 people worldwide.
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