Work has been completed on the AUD650 million (USD488 million) anti-ship missile defence (ASMD) upgrade of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) eight Anzac-class frigates, contractor BAE Systems disclosed on 9 March.
HMAS Stuart, the final ship to complete the 12-month upgrade at the company's facility at Henderson in Western Australia, will now undertake harbour and sea trials and return to service later this year.
ASMD modifications include the installation and integration of the CEAFAR and CEAMOUNT active phased-array radars developed by Australian company CEA Technologies; enhancement of the Saab Systems 9LV 453 combat management system to Mk3E standard; installation and integration of a Sagem Vampir NG infrared search and tracking (IRST) system; and major changes to the layout of the operations room.
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