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AustraliaAustralia's most lethal warship in successful missile test

06:05  20 august  2019
06:05  20 august  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Advanced warship HMAS Hobart has become the first of its type to fire a missile in Australian waters. Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said the successful test showed the capabilities of the Royal Australian Navy' s most advanced vessels.

Australia's most lethal warship in successful missile test© Supplied HMAS Hobart is the first of the Royal Australian Navy's Hobart-class guided missile destroyers to fire a missile in Australian waters. Advanced warship HMAS Hobart has become the first of its type to fire a missile in Australian waters.

The Hobart-class guided missile destroyer hit an unmanned target with an SM-2 Standard Missile in trials off the NSW coast.

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said the successful test showed the capabilities of the Royal Australian Navy's most advanced vessels.

"HMAS Hobart is the most sophisticated and lethal warship ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy, and this missile firing is a demonstration of how she can fight and win at sea," she said.

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The ship's commanding officer, Commander Ryan Gaskin, said the successful firing was a significant step.

"The missile firing was an opportunity to test recent upgrades to the ship's Aegis combat system and prepare the ship's company for their upcoming deployment,"

HMAS Hobart, which was commissioned in September 2017, is fitted with cutting-edge combat and weaponry systems.

The warship's highly intelligent missile system enables the Navy to spot, lock and hit enemy aircraft, drones and even other missiles at a range of more than 150 kilometres.

Australia's most lethal warship in successful missile test© AAP Australian warship HMAS Hobart is fitted with cutting-edge combat and weaponry systems.

If needed, HMAS Hobart can also identify multiple targets and fire numerous missiles instantaneously in response.

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Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said the successful test showed the capabilities of the Royal Australian Navy' s most advanced vessels. "HMAS Hobart is the most sophisticated and lethal warship ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy, and this missile firing is a demonstration of

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The ship is also equipped with modern sonar systems, decoys, surface-launched torpedoes and an array of effective close-in defensive weapons that allows it to conduct undersea warfare.

HMAS Hobart statistics:

Class: Hobart class

Type: Destroyer, Guided Missile

Length: 146.7 metres

Beam: 18.6 metres

Draught: 7.2 metres

Top speed: 28+ knots

Range: 4500 nautical miles (at 18 knots)

HMAS Hobart is based at Garden Island in Sydney and will deploy for the first time next month as the lead ship in a task group deployment

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