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Northrop improves naval defense system

Oct. 10, 2011 at 8:06 AM
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman of the United States reports its system upgrades to an Australian frigate have optimized the ships' anti-ship missile defense.

The ASMD system was tested during recent sea trials conducted by the Australian navy.

Northrop Grumman supplied equipment containing a military-grade Global Positioning System that was integrated into the navigation data distribution systems.

Northrop Grumman's partner, CEA Technologies, developed and supplied the phased array radar, a key component of the ASMD system.

CEA Technologies is an Australian company that specializes in the design, development and manufacture of advanced radar and communications solutions for civil and military applications.

The integration was carried out by BAE Systems Australia Defense Pty Ltd., which built the ships, and Saab Systems Pty Ltd, which supplied the combat management system.

The ASMD system includes an integrated CEAFAR, which is a digital S-band AESA radar, and CEAMOUNT, an X-band illuminator. The NAVDDS GPS upgrade optimized the full capabilities of the CEAFAR, primarily by delivering timely, high-accuracy navigational data to the ASMD system.

"This combination of improved data and the advanced radar technology of the CEAFAR provides an advanced capability to the frigate," said Bill Hannon, vice president of Northrop Grumman's Maritime Systems business unit. "This will enable the Australian ANZAC fleet to operate its weapon system with very high quality, accurate navigational data."

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