Australia — Step forward for Navy’s Anti-Ship Missile Defence

A major mile­stone in the deliv­ery of an upgrad­ed Anti-Ship Mis­sile Defence for the Roy­al Aus­tralian Navy’s Anzac Class frigates has been achieved with the com­ple­tion of a suc­cess­ful tri­al of the sys­tem.

Min­is­ter for Defence Materiel Jason Clare said the project involved a com­pre­hen­sive upgrade of the HMAS Perth’s anti-ship mis­sile defence sys­tems includ­ing a new phased array radar. 

“This tech­nol­o­gy was devel­oped and designed here in Aus­tralia by CEA Tech­nolo­gies,” Mr Clare said.

“It’s cut­ting edge tech­nol­o­gy which will improve the abil­i­ty of our frigates to detect and track targets.”

“It also means the Ship is now capa­ble of engag­ing mul­ti­ple tar­gets at the same time.”

Test fir­ing was con­duct­ed at sea last month and involved the suc­cess­ful fir­ing of an Evolved Sea Spar­row Mis­sile using the phased array radar system.

The Ship leaves today for the Pacif­ic Mis­sile Range Facil­i­ty in Hawaii to con­duct oper­a­tional testing.

HMAS Perth is the lead Ship in this project. Defence will now pre­pare a busi­ness case for Gov­ern­ment to upgrade the oth­er sev­en ANZAC Class frigates. 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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