C4iSR: Maritime

ANZAC ASMD upgrade package completes final acceptance trial

09 September 2013

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ANZAC-class frigate HMAS Perth has completed the final Operational Acceptance Trial for the Australian-designed phased array radar (PAR) and combat management system (CMS) upgrades underpinning the ANZAC Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) modernisation.

Live firings off Hawaii proved full Stage 2 capability, which introduces software upgrades to the PAR and CMS to enable RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) guidance in interrupted continuous wave illumination (ICWI) mode.

Under Project SEA 1448 Phase 2, all eight of the RAN's ANZAC frigates are to receive a substantial uplift to their ASMD capability to enable the ships to defend themselves - and mission-essential units in consort - against increasing anti-ship missile threats.

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