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Australian frigatemeets missile defense upgrade

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Published on : Jul 02, 2014

The second of eight ANZAC-class frigates of the Royal Australian Navy has received enhanced missile defense capabilities. It is undergoing several sea trials and has completed an anti-missile defense upgrade program as well.

This 18-month upgrade program to HMAS Arunta involved installation of a new combat management system from Saab of Sweden,routine maintenance and repair, integration of new radar, and the laying of more than 98,000 feet of new fiber-optic cable.

This is a very helpful program as it improves the ship’s capability to defend itself against modern anti-ship missiles. It integrates the Australian design with an upgraded SAAB combat management system that is designed by the CEA Phased Array Radar, added Warren King, the chief executive officer, Defense Material Organization. 

The remaining five ANZAC-class frigates are yet to receive the air defense upgrade by 2017.The involvements in the work are BAE Systems, SAAB, and CEA Technologies. 

Minister for Defense David Johnston announced that the Australian subsidiary of Kellogg, Brown & Root has been reduced to provide support services for the Navy\'s Landing Helicopter Dock ships, said other Australian naval news.The minister added that KBR will bring their world-class asset management expertise to the sustainment of Australia\'s new LHDs. In this manner the vessels will always be ready to meet every operational commitment and the ships will live for 40-years. The entire contract is for five years; however, the monetary terms weren’t disclosed to the news.

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