New advanced radar systems on Anzac-class frigates hit IOC

The Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac-class frigates have been upgraded with new “advanced” air search radar systems which have reached the initial operating capability (IOC).

Royal Navy file photo of an Anzac-class frigate

The existing air search radar system has been replaced with designed and manufactured CEAFAR-2L phased array radar system. This system complements the first generation CEAFAR-1S phased array radar capability installed during the Anzac Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade.

“This technology has delivered a significantly advanced air warfare and missile self-defence capability to Navy’s Anzac Class frigates and provides Navy with one of the most advanced, sovereign air search radar capabilities in the world,” Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, Michael Noonan AO RAN commented.

Among the many advantages offered by the project are the significant improvement of detection, classification and identification of air contacts, a greater level of radar and combat management system integration, improved levels of radar functionality and significant improvements in equipment support and reliability.

The replacement was jointly completed in collaboration between CEA Technologies, Saab Australia and BAE Systems.

Australian Anzac-class frigates went through upgrade programs, including the Midlife Capability Upgrade Program.

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