Defence contractor CEA Technologies has secured a new contract to upgrade and enhance the radar capabilities of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Anzac-class frigates.

The new contract forms part of the RAN’s wider refurbishment programme and is valued at approximately A$148m ($116.28m). It will include the production of new air search radar known as CEAFAR2-L.

The navy’s upgrade initiative will see the vessels integrated with the new radars, which have a total value of more than A$400m ($314.28m).

Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said: “The air search radar upgrade will ensure defence is able to adapt to modern and evolving air and missile threats and maintain a capability edge for the life of the Anzac-class.”

The new CEAFAR2-L air search radar has been manufactured by the company in Canberra, Australia.

Pyne added: “The air search radar represents a leading-edge technology innovation, and reflects a positive and effective ongoing collaboration between defence and CEA Technologies over the last 15 years.

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“CEA Technologies will build on the technology developed for the Anzac-class frigates to develop the next-generation of air search radars for the future frigates.

“In addition to CEA, wider Australian industry will play a vital role in installing and sustaining the air search radar, particularly in providing local employment opportunities in Fremantle, Western Australia, with flow-on benefits for the local economy.”

CEA Technologies previously built the medium-range anti-ship missile defence radar that is currently integrated on the RAN’s Anzac-class frigates.