HMAS Perth completes naval missile defence system upgrade

1 June 2012 (Last Updated June 1st, 2012 03:50)

The Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) has successfully integrated the CEAFAR radar and CEAMOUNT missile control illuminator on board the Royal Australia Navy's (RAN) Anzac-class frigate, HMAS Perth (FFH 157).

HMAS Perth

The Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) has successfully integrated the CEAFAR radar and CEAMOUNT missile control illuminator on board the Royal Australia Navy's (RAN) Anzac-class frigate, HMAS Perth (FFH 157).

The ship has been equipped with the multi-phased array radar system as a part of the Navy's anti-ship missile defence (ASMD) upgrade programme, aimed at safeguarding the ship from supersonic cruise missile attacks.

The CEAFAR radar and CEAMOUNT missile control illuminators upgrade allows the frigate to identify, track and guide missiles towards several targets simultaneously, as well as detect and destroy incoming cruise missile attacks.

Developed by the US and Australian military in a joint venture, the CEAFAR radar and CEAMOUNT Missile Control Illuminator provides simultaneous 3D volume and surface surveillance in littoral and open ocean environments.

"The upgrade allows the frigate to identify, track and guide missiles towards several targets simultaneously, as well as detect and destroy incoming cruise missile attacks."

CEAFAR is a 3D E/F band, fixed active phased array radar that provides enhanced fire control against anti-ship missiles and replaces Saab Sea Giraffe radar, while the CEAMOUNT radar provides mid-course guidance and terminal illumination for the evolved Sea Sparrow missile.

The Navy's remaining seven Anzac-class frigates will be upgraded with an advanced anti-ship missile defence system by 2017, as part of the $650m contract announced by the Australian Defence Ministry.

The DMO, along with Saab Systems and BAE Systems, will carry out the upgrade installation and integration work for the remaining seven Anzac-class frigates.

HMAS Perth will also participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise as part of its deployment off the US west coast and Canada later on this year.


Image: The Royal Australian Navy's Anzac-class frigate, HMAS Perth at Fleet Base East in Sydney, Australia. Photo: courtesy of Saberwyn.