Australian navy to install Raytheon's anti-air warfare defense technology

TEWKSBURY, Mass. Engineers at Raytheon completed the design, development, and testing of the company's Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) system, which will be installed onboard the Royal Australian navy’s HMAS Hobart expanding the ship's battlespace awareness.

The CEC system still needs to be certified by the U.S. Navy for international installation, officials say. It's a real-time ‘sensor-netting’ system that brings together radar data into a single integrated air picture from geographically dispersed ships, aircraft, and ground-based units.

The equipment - certified hardware and software - will transfer to Australia for installation on HMAS Hobart (DDG-39), and NUSHIP Brisbane (DDG-41) over the coming months, followed by an extensive integration, test and evaluation period. Raytheon will actively support CEC system integration and testing, including scheduled sea trials, similar to support provided for the U.S. Navy fleet.

“The addition of CEC is a major building block for Australia in their defense against anti-air warfare threats in the Pacific Region,” says U.S. Navy Captain Jonathan Garcia, CEC major program manager, Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems 6.0. “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.”

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