On 25 March 1999, ADI Limited handed over to the Royal Australian Navy, on schedule, the first of Australia's new minehunting ships, Huon. The handover in Newcastle followed nine months of intensive acceptance trials by Huon during which it proved its performance, capabilities and reliability. Huon, one of six minehunters ADI is producing for the Department of Defence, is equipped with the most advanced mine warfare system of any ship in the world today. ADI and the 1900 Australian companies and also overseas firms have contributed to the minehunter project. This $1 billion project involved the most complex integration of electronic systems and required to integrate large international companies and small local contractors into a successful consortium.
This delivery of such a sophisticated warship to the Navy on time clearly emphasises the project management and technical capabilities Australia has to offer. It was for the first time, that most of the detailed design work for a major Australian, high technology maritime project has been carried out in Australia. The detailed design accounts for 80 per cent of the total ship design and essentially covers specifying and designing the installation requirements of all the ship systems. This has enabled ADI to boost Australian industry involvement in the project, with contracts totalling $650 million awarded to Australian sub contractors. Huon's minehunting sonar can simultaneously search, detect, classify and route survey in depths exceeding 150 metres. If the sonar makes a contact, one of the ship's two remotely controlled mine disposal vehicles can be dispatched to determine if it is a mine and if so, to destroy it.
The vehicles are equipped with a mine disposal charge, searchlights, closed circuit television camera and high definition sonar and are controlled via a fibre optic link. They can be deployed more than 500 metres from the ship. More information: ADI Limited