Australian Navy Test Fires SM2 Missile

20 December 2009 (Last Updated December 20th, 2009 18:30)

The Australian Navy has successfully test-fired a Standard missile (SM-2) off Jervis Bay, according to the Australian Defence Ministry. The SM-2 missile was, for the first time, fired from the Navy's Adelaide Class guided missile frigate HMAS Melbourne. Australian defence mini

The Australian Navy has successfully test-fired a Standard missile (SM-2) off Jervis Bay, according to the Australian Defence Ministry.

The SM-2 missile was, for the first time, fired from the Navy's Adelaide Class guided missile frigate HMAS Melbourne.

Australian defence minister Greg Combet said the missile was prepared, launched and supported in flight before it engaged a target.

Following the latest Standard missile test, HMAS Melbourne has been equipped with two modern missile systems to defend against anti-ship missiles and aircraft.

HMAS Melbourne is also equipped with a 76mm rapid fire gun, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, Standard surface-to-air missiles and two triple anti-submarine torpedo tubes.

The highly developed computer-based command and control system and comprehensive sensor system enable the warship to counter simultaneous threats from aircraft, surface vessels and submarines.