In addition to the replacement of the radar under SEA 1448 Phase 4B ANZAC Air Search Radar Replacement, the identification friend or foe (IFF) capability will be upgraded in order to comply with future requirements, Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews stated.
“The Anzac frigates use their air search radar to scan at long ranges for potential threats,” he said in a statement. “The current Anzac radar is old and requires replacement with modern technology to maintain the robust frontline capability provided by these ships.”
Minister Andrews continued: “The project intends to replace the ageing long-range radar on board the Anzac class frigates with significantly more capable radar – with integrated and upgraded IFF capability – currently under development by CEA Technologies in Canberra.”
The new radar will build on technology developed by CEA for the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade. Defence will continue working with the Australian company to develop this new technology.
“As part of a risk-reduction program with CEA, the technology is expected to be demonstrated in 2015-16,” Minister Andrews stated. “In the event that the risk-reduction program is not successful, Defence may consider military off-the-shelf radar options.”
The new capability being developed under SEA 1448 Phase 4B is expected to be in service by the end of the decade.