24 May 2011

CEA's new radar at sea

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HMAS perth with new radar

The RAN has posted a photo of HMAS Perth arriving in Sydney on her acceptance trials with her very exciting phased array radar designed and built by Canberra’s CEA Technologies.

The exciting new bit is that big bit forward of the funnels.

If all goes well a great number of navies will be beating a path to CEA’s Fyshwick door to get these things as it will go a long way to bringing the capabilities (in particular missile defence) of an Air Warfare Destroyer to much smaller frigates and corvettes.

UPDATE: And a day later here she goes whacking an Evolved Sea Sparrow into an aerial target off Jervis Bay:

HMAS Perth firing evolved sea sparrow

The Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile launches from the Vertical Launch System on board HMAS PERTH. Following the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) Upgrade to lead ship HMAS PERTH (CAPT Mal Wise), a test and evaluation period on 8 MAY 2011 was successfully completed after firing it’s first Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile at a remotely piloted air target off Jervis Bay, NSW. PERTH is the first RAN ship to utilise the Australian designed and developed Phase Array Radar to detect, track and engage the remotely piloted air target.

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The unassuming and very low profile folks at CEA have just been awarded a $200 million contract with the Department of Defence to fit the best maritime phased array radar in the world on to the remaining seven of the Navy’s Anzac frigates.

That’s $200 million that will be injected into the ACT economy over the next few years.

Golden-Alpine7:45 pm 23 May 11

CEA is such an amazing Canberran success story. So much cool stuff out of such an un-assuming building. Well done.

justsomeaussie6:07 pm 23 May 11

For those unaware, this is the most advanced radar in the world…and it’s built in Canberra. Amazing.

So pretty!!

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