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Australian Destroyer Will be First Foreign Warship to Install Raytheon’s Cooperative Engagement Capability

Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Hobart (DDG-39) undertakes acceptance sea trials off the coast of South Australia to undertake testing of combat, communications and additional platform systems. Royal Australian Navy photo.

The Royal Australian Navy is set to become the first foreign force using Raytheon’s sensor-netting system that creates a real-time composite network picture for operators at sea.

Raytheon’s Cooperative Engagement Capability system – a key enabler of the U.S. Navy’s Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) construct – will be certified by the U.S. Navy for its first international installation aboard the Royal Australian Navy’s guided-missile cruiser HMAS Hobart (DDG-39), Raytheon recently announced. The company has completed its design, development and testing and is awaiting Navy certification before delivering the system to Australia in the coming months, according to a company news release.

“The addition of CEC is a major building block for Australia in their defense against anti-air warfare threats in the Pacific Region,” U.S. Navy Capt. Jonathan Garcia, CEC major program manager within the Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems, said in the Raytheon news release.
“This delivery to Australia marks a significant first – expanding the CEC network globally and increasing the U.S. Navy interoperability with a valued, strategic ally.”

Hobart, commissioned in September, is equipped with the Aegis Combat System and its AN/SPY 1D(V) phased array radar. When used in combination with the SM-2 missile, Hobart can provide an advanced air defense system capable of engaging enemy aircraft and missiles more than 90 miles away, according to the Australian Navy.

CEC will expand the ship’s battle space awareness by sharing sensor data among a network of other Australian and allied CEC-equipped ships and aircraft and pulling all that real-time data into a single integrated picture for operators aboard the destroyer, according to a statement released by Raytheon.

Australia is one of three Pacific allies — along with Japan and South Korea — investing in the Aegis Baseline 9 upgrade for their surface combatants. The addition of CEC further increases the ability for the Royal Australian Navy to operate alongside the U.S. and allied navies, giving the ships the ability to share targeting and other data in real time with ships and planes operating in the Pacific.

Starting in early 2018, Raytheon will begin transferring certified hardware and software for installation aboard Hobart and sister ship Brisbane (DDG-41). Raytheon will provide support throughout the integration, testing and sea trials.

  • RDF

    Confused a bit. I thought this used to be called data link? 11 or 16. Who knows?

    • John Locke

      Different animal though CEC does incorporate TDLs

  • Western

    Good looking ship. Perhaps we should buy a few. Aussies know how to build boats.

    • DaSaint

      Not really (that they build good ships). It’s a modified Spanish F100/F105 FFG with the Aegis system. Designated a DDG.

      All 3 will need to be upgraded with the latest Baseline 9 software standard. Plus the 8 or 9 pending FFGs will also have the Baseline 9 system, with the FFGs using the indigenously developed CEAFAR lightweight phased array. The Brits and Canadians are considering the CEAFAR arrays as well, particularly if the Canadians select the Type 26 FFGs.

      • Western

        I stand corrected on the Spanish-designed, Australian-built boat. Merry Christmas.

        • DaSaint

          Np Western! Merry Christmas to you as well!

      • Matthew

        Actually will be quite the interesting mix they will have with CEAFAR 2 (Larger more capable then current CEAFAR), Saab 9LV and Aegis combat management system. Quite an awesome little system taking the best of everything and combining them.

    • draeger24

      you mean Ships…lol…Merry Christmas and GOD Bless all of you!

  • DaSaint

    Ben, second paragraph, first sentence: Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG-39), not Cruiser.

  • RDF

    Thank you. Sounds a bit like link 32 or 16+.

  • Ed L

    Like the Sensors in the F-35 providing information

  • Ed L

    I understand these Destroyers ran over budget a little bit

    • LowObservable

      Many of the costs were related to re-establishing industrial capability and training the workforce to sustain it, ASB had not built a Warship since the 80s (OHP/Adelaide Class).

      • Matthew

        That and unfinished incorrect designs they had us building entire sections to connect up before finding out stuff didnt match up.

        That being said the labor costs between the 1st and 3rd ship actually have fallen by over half to point before we started scaling back down (though attempting to slow it) we had reached a productivity point level with that of the US.

  • Refguy

    Also different frequency. LOS was not a consideration in development as E-2 was to be a node and the primary OAB sensor.