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Canberra’s CEA Technologies kicked a goal that most of us missed

By johnboy - 25 November 2013 5

HMAS Perth

Back in October The Diplomat had a story about Australia’s view of maritime strategy.

This bit had particular local resonance:

Operating in the firing range off Hawaii last August, Lee’s command, the ANZAC frigate HMAS Perth, engaged seven sea-skimming targets with Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles. Perth demonstrated that it can take on the deadliest threats out there.

In short, the ANZAC ships now appear to be viable battle-force ships as well as what they always have been, doughty light combatants for policing more or less tranquil seas. Perth or her sisters could show up for picket duty with U.S. Navy carrier and amphibious task groups. Or they could serve with intra-Asian squadrons alongside the likes of India’s or Japan’s navy. One hears echoes of HMAS Australia, a capital ship that does Canberra’s bidding in RAN missions or takes station with a combined fleet.

And yet, best I can tell, the Perth missile shoots occasioned nary a murmur in the press, even in Australia. The RAN ran a lonely press release. Apart from that, crickets chirped. Why overlook a feat of this magnitude? The facile explanation is to blame Australia’s “sea blindness,” or lack of a nautical culture. And there’s something to the facile explanation. If national defense is all about land and air forces, and if war at sea is as improbable as learned experts maintain it is, then why should bolstering readiness for sea combat excite the public fancy?

What has enabled this massive capacity upgrade for these small ships is the CEAFAR Radar made right here in Canberra by CEA technologies.

As the article notes the Defence media release didn’t exactly overplay the event.

Compare and contrast to the recent embarassment of the USS Chancellorsville.

What’s Your opinion?


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5 Responses to
Canberra’s CEA Technologies kicked a goal that most of us missed
IrishPete 11:23 am 30 Nov 13

Our only little military-industrial complex. I am so proud.

IP

snoopydoc 7:07 am 30 Nov 13

LSWCHP said :

snoopydoc said :

The new phased array radar and fire control systems are nifty, but “The RAN is the only Navy in the world that has this sort of capability at this time” ?? Um. No.

Ummm…yes.

Look around at the competition. Next best in line might by the Pommy SAMPSON, which is a twin faced rotator, FFS. And if you try to put SAMPSON or a SPY-1 on anything smaller than an AWD the ship will capsize due to all the topside weight.

There are many factors that feed into the overall capability of this system, and it’s far too complex to elaborate on here so I won’t.

But the RAN is the only navy that has this sort of capability, by which I mean worlds best ASMD capability, and also packed in a ship the size of an Anzac. If you can point me to a similar capability I’ll eat my turban.

Anyone who’s paid for an Aegis-based major fleet unit anytime recently is going to be awfully disappointed then, wouldn’t you think??

LSWCHP 9:19 pm 29 Nov 13

snoopydoc said :

The new phased array radar and fire control systems are nifty, but “The RAN is the only Navy in the world that has this sort of capability at this time” ?? Um. No.

Ummm…yes.

Look around at the competition. Next best in line might by the Pommy SAMPSON, which is a twin faced rotator, FFS. And if you try to put SAMPSON or a SPY-1 on anything smaller than an AWD the ship will capsize due to all the topside weight.

There are many factors that feed into the overall capability of this system, and it’s far too complex to elaborate on here so I won’t.

But the RAN is the only navy that has this sort of capability, by which I mean worlds best ASMD capability, and also packed in a ship the size of an Anzac. If you can point me to a similar capability I’ll eat my turban.

snoopydoc 1:23 pm 29 Nov 13

The new phased array radar and fire control systems are nifty, but “The RAN is the only Navy in the world that has this sort of capability at this time” ?? Um. No.

LSWCHP 8:45 am 26 Nov 13

The CEAFAR Radar is one of the most advanced pieces of technology ever made in Australia, and it’s a Canberra product. Who’da thunk it?!

A critical point from the Defence media release is that the radar enabled the Perth to engage and defeat supersonic targets. For a ship this size to be able to do that is simply unheard of. The RAN is the only navy in the world that has this sort of capability at this time.

The ships achievements off Hawaii should’ve been front page news across the country, but being smart doesn’t seem to carry as much weight in Australia as digging dirt out of the ground and selling it to China. Sigh…

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