Minister Smith and Minister Clare today also announced the signing of a contract with CEA for the In Service Support (ISS) of thePhased Array Radar currently being installed on the Royal Australian Navy’s eight ANZAC Class Frigates.
The Phased Array Radar is the new technology and equipment that underpins the Anti Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) Project.
This AMSD upgrade will enable the Navy’s eight ANZAC Class ships to identify, track and guide missiles to multiple targets simultaneously instead of the current single target capability.
The initial three-year ISS Contract provides through life maintenance support for the advanced, fourth generation fully digital active radar developed by CEA.
It also covers developing, maintaining and enhancing skill sets and capabilities, including training on-board Navy technicians.
The ISS Contract will initially support HMAS Perth, which has already been successfully upgraded with the Phased Array Radar.
The upgrade of HMAS Perth as the lead ship for the ASMD program was successfully completed last year.
Following exhaustive testing, including in the United States, the Chief of Navy agreed to the operational release of the system in July 2011.
The total project cost is in excess of $650 million for the upgrade of all eight ANZAC Class frigates.
The Government, late last year, approved the installation of the system on the remaining seven ships of the ANZAC class by 2017.