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Subject: ANZAC ASMD and CEAFAR
VGNTMH    11/1/2008 6:10:40 AM
This might finally be progressing! From the Janes update emails: CEAFAR radar set for new at-sea ANZAC demonstration Australian radar and systems house CEA Technologies has begun testing of production-standard CEAFAR active phased-array radar hardware atop its engineering facility at Fyshwick, Australian Capital Territory, in advance of a further at-sea technology demonstration. CEAFAR is a central component of the enhanced Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) capability being acquired for the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) ANZAC-class frigates under Project SEA 1448 Phase 2B [first posted to http://idr.janes.com - 24 October 2008]
 
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gf0012-aust       11/1/2008 6:12:50 AM
There's a pic on T5C posted a few weeks ago...
 
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Aussie Diggermark 2       11/2/2008 3:29:53 AM
I believe HMAS Perth is to be the trial vessel.
 
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VGNTMH       11/2/2008 4:32:06 AM
Is this trial only of CEAFAR or the complete CEAFAR, CEAMOUNT, and new combat system? Does anyone know if the plan for ANZAC ASMD is still to use one or two of the trainable single panel CEAMOUNT illuminators? Or the fixed four or six panel mast mounted version of CEAMOUNT? If it is the latter, then the ANZACs could be the first warship with 100% fixed AESA for surveillance (S band CEAFAR) and illumination (X band CEAMOUNT). Even the Dutch Frigates have a rotating main surveillance radar.
 
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Aussiegunneragain    AD   11/2/2008 4:32:30 AM
This link has the Arunta as the trials vessel.

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VGNTMH       11/2/2008 1:30:46 PM
Wasn't the HMAS Arunta installation the original CEAFAR sea trial from several years ago? The trial with only a few CEAFAR panels?
 
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Volkodav    From the DMO website   11/2/2008 9:40:30 PM
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Project SEA 1448 (Phases 2A and 2B) will deliver a state of the art Anti-Ship Missile Defence operational capability, providing an improved level of self-defence against modern anti-ship missiles for the Royal Australian Navy?s (RAN) Anzac Class frigates.

The ASMD project will provide the ANZAC Ships with enhanced platform survival against medium and emerging high end missile threats; multiple subsonic or supersonic missiles arriving near simultaneously.   It will also enable ANZACs to give close-in protection to Amphibious ships, supporting the Air Warfare Destroyer?s area air defence capability with a local missile defence inner layer for a Task Group.

Under Phase 2A, the Project involves upgrading the Combat Management System and installs an Infra Red Search and Track (IRST) capability to provide improved low level missile threat detection when close to land.  This phase is considered low risk, using proven technology.  The Saab Mk3E Combat Management System (an upgrade of hardware and software over the existing ANZAC Class Mk3 CMS) is very closely related to that fitted in Sweden?s Visby Stealth Corvettes, and IRST is fielded in the French and Italian Navies.

At the same time (under Phase 2B), the Australian designed and developed, leading edge technology phased array radars (PAR) (from CEA Technologies, Canberra ACT) completes the ASMD capability by integrating:

  1. CEAFAR S-Band target indication and tracking radar to replace the ANZAC?s Sea Giraffe Target Indication Radar; and
  2. CEAMOUNT X-Band illumination radar, which provides mid-course guidance and terminal illumination for the http://www.defence.gov.au/dmo/msd/sea1428/sea1428.cfm" href="http://www.defence.gov.au/dmo/msd/sea1428/sea1428.cfm" target="_blank">Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM).CEAMOUNT will deliver multiple channels of fire to enable more than one weapon to be controlled in flight at the same time (current ANZAC capability) to engage multiple targets.
  3. A new solid state pulse doppler X-Band dual navigation radar from Kelvin Hughes (?SharpEye?) replacing the existing system.

As part of the overall de-risking philosophy with this new leading edge radar technology, the ASMD capability is being fielded into a single ship initially prior to other ships within the Class being modified. This ship (currently scheduled for HMAS PERTH) will start installation in January 2010 and undergo operational trials until July 2011. Prior to being installed into this first ship though the system will undergo significant trials in the various ASMD Land Based Test Sites located around Australia. These sites include:

  • The ANZAC Class System Support Facility in HMAS STIRLING, Western Australia. This is where the final set to work will occur for ASMD as an integrated system. It is also where the training for the ASMD suite will be conducted for RAN personnel. A dedicated ASMD building, where this testing and training will occur is within the Anzac-Class training facility in HMAS STIRLING and it was completed on time and on budget in March 2007. It will complete its fit-out with ASMD equipment by the beginning of 2009; and

  • At CEA Technologies offices in Fyshwick, ACT where the phased array system is being designed and built, a replica of the mast has been fitted to the roof of the premises to enable through air testing prior to ship integration.
 
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Aussie Diggermark 2       11/3/2008 5:36:30 AM

This link has the Arunta as the trials vessel.



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Arunta did the initial trial.
 
Perth has been chosen for the ANZAC ASMD representative production system and provided the ship doesn't roll over (there are significant top weight issues apparently) the system will be produced for the remainder of the ANZAC (Australian) fleet.
 
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Aussiegunneragain       11/3/2008 5:55:54 AM




This link has the Arunta as the trials vessel.

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Arunta did the initial trial.
 

Perth has been chosen for the ANZAC ASMD representative production system and provided the ship doesn't roll over (there are significant top weight issues apparently) the system will be produced for the remainder of the ANZAC (Australian) fleet.

Fair enough. I must say that I didn't realise that Defence had actually decided to fit CEAFAR, so I'm pretty chuffed that they are. It will be an awesome capability. I remember a few years ago that they were going to fit a Mistral CIWS to the ANZAC's. Has that plan been set aside now?

 
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SCisback       11/3/2008 6:46:33 AM

Fair enough. I must say that I didn't realise that Defence had actually decided to fit CEAFAR, so I'm pretty chuffed that they are. It will be an awesome capability. I remember a few years ago that they were going to fit a Mistral CIWS to the ANZAC's. Has that plan been set aside now?




I was told it was ditched in order to keep topweight headaches down and provide more fat in stability calculations for CEAFAR.
 
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Volkodav       11/3/2008 10:50:20 PM



Fair enough. I must say that I didn't realise that Defence had actually decided to fit CEAFAR, so I'm pretty chuffed that they are. It will be an awesome capability. I remember a few years ago that they were going to fit a Mistral CIWS to the ANZAC's. Has that plan been set aside now?










I was told it was ditched in order to keep topweight headaches down and provide more fat in stability calculations for CEAFAR.


My money is on us buying into VLRAM development with a six round pack inr each allocated Mk 41 VLS cell.  Notice that the new integrated mast has been moved aft with the air search set relocated on top.
 
What will be interesting is if top weight considerations will allow the installation of a second 8 cell VLS aft of the funnels.  If not I wonder if it would be structurally possible to work in an 8 cell VLS or 2 forward of the bridge inplace of the Harpoons for the proposed VL Harpoon and maybe even VLASROC?
 
Correct me if I am wrong but arn't the Mk 41's in the ANZAC's Strategic length?  If this is the case would replacing the long cells with the shorter Tactical length cells save space and weight?
 
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