Anti-air War­fare De­fence Tech­nol­ogy for Aus­tralian Navy

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Raytheon has com­pleted de­sign, de­vel­op­ment and test­ing of its Co­op­er­a­tive En­gage­ment Ca­pa­bil­ity (CEC) sys­tem, which will be cer­ti­fied by the US Navy for the sys­tem’s first in­ter­na­tional in­stal­la­tion. On­board the Royal Aus­tralian Navy’s HMAS Ho­bart, CEC will ex­pand the ship’s bat­tlespace aware­ness by shar­ing sen­sor data among a net­work of other Aus­tralian and al­lied CEC-equipped ships and air­craft. CEC is a real-time ‘sen­sor-net­ting’ sys­tem that brings to­gether radar data into a sin­gle in­te­grated air pic­ture from ge­o­graph­i­cally dis­persed ships, air­craft and ground-based units. This in­te­grated pic­ture im­proves task force ef­fec­tive­ness by en­abling longer range, co­op­er­a­tive, or lay­ered en­gage­ments. The CEC ben­e­fits from ad­vance­ments in com­mer­cial and spe­cialised tech­nolo­gies, as well as from the ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise the Raytheon team has gained through more than 30 years as the US Navy’s CEC De­sign Agent.

The equip­ment - cer­ti­fied hard­ware and soft­ware - will be trans­fered to Aus­tralia for in­stal­la­tion on HMAS Ho­bart (DDG39), and NUSHIP Bris­bane (DDG-41) fol­lowed by an ex­ten­sive in­te­gra­tion, test and eval­u­a­tion pe­riod. Raytheon is to ac­tively sup­port CEC sys­tem in­te­gra­tion and test­ing, in­clud­ing sched­uled sea tri­als, sim­i­lar to sup­port pro­vided for the US Navy fleet. En­hanc­ing the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of US forces, CEC is cur­rently de­ployed on ships and land-based test sites, E-2C/D air­craft and US Marine Corps net­work sys­tems.

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