HMAS Brisbane completes live missile engagement using CEC

1 November 2019 (Last Updated November 1st, 2019 10:30)

The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Hobart-class air warfare destroyer HMAS Brisbane has completed a live missile engagement in partnership with the US Navy.

HMAS Brisbane completes live missile engagement using CEC
The second Hobart-class air warfare destroyer HMAS Brisbane alongside at HMAS Kuttabul in October 2018. Credit: Nick-D.

The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Hobart-class air warfare destroyer HMAS Brisbane has completed a live missile engagement in partnership with the US Navy.

HMAS Brisbane tested its combat system against a range of challenging targets and tactical situations, the Australian Department of Defence said.

The ship used remote sensor data from the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Stockdale and the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) to conduct the test.

The CEC is a system of hardware and software that enables CEC-equipped ships, aircraft or land forces to share sensor information and real-time combat system data.

The real-time sensor netting system was designed to provide US Navy ships and aircraft with improved anti-air warfare (AAW) capability.

It provides a secure communications capability, enhanced situational awareness, and integrated fire control capability.

HMAS Brisbane, the second ship in the Hobart-class of air warfare destroyers, carried out the live missile engagement as part of combat system trials in the US.

Australia Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said: “This missile-firing demonstrates the very highest levels of interoperability between our navies.

“It reaffirms the game-changing technology that the Aegis combat system brings to our navy and the advanced capability of the Australian-built Hobart Class Destroyers.

“By conducting these trials in the US, our navy is able to access the world’s best expertise, instrumented ranges, and analysis capabilities to provide confidence in how the ship will perform in combat.”

The combat system trials take HMAS Brisbane a step closer to its entry into the RAN fleet.

HMAS Hobart, the lead ship in the class, tested the CEC with the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS John Finn near Hawaii last November.

The two ships established a secure connection and shared tracking and fire control data.