CEA Technologies has been awarded a contract from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to develop high-powered phased array radar technology.
The contract follows DoD’s request for tender (RFT) to the company for the development of a high-power phased array radar concept demonstrator for the Royal Australian Navy.
Based on the CEAFAR radar, the new radar systems will support future naval acquisitions, including the RAN’s Future Frigates through project Sea 5000.
Australian defence minister senator, David Johnston, said that the CEAFAR radar is currently being integrated on to the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Anzac-class vessels, as part of a major upgrade.
"This radar is a world-leading capability for a system of its weight and size, and importantly, is considerably more cost-effective than comparable systems," Johnston said.
"The development of high power phased array radar based on the CEAFAR system builds on the substantial investment in domestic radar-related research and development."
Focused on the phased array radar element of the high-frequency and phased array radar priority industry capability (PIC), the CEAFAR has been designed to enable each of the sensor elements to be individually tuned and adjusted.
"The high-frequency and phased array radar (PIC) defines world-leading radar capabilities that are locally developed in Australia, providing effective capabilities in their respective operational environments, while the intellectual property stays here," Johnston said.
The lightweight CEAFAR multi-function, phased array radar features a fully digital beam-forming sensor to enable installation to meet a range of operating environments and threat scenarios.