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Aussie warships getting Raytheon anti-air warfare system

By Richard Tomkins
HMAS Hobart, which is to be equipped with a new Raytheon sensor system. Photo courtesy of Royal Australian Navy
HMAS Hobart, which is to be equipped with a new Raytheon sensor system. Photo courtesy of Royal Australian Navy

Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Australia's first-of-class air warfare destroyer, HMAS Hobart, is to be outfitted with a cooperative engagement capacity from Raytheon.

The system has already been developed and tested by Raytheon and will be certified by the U.S. Navy for installation aboard the Hobart, the first international installation for the system, the company said Wednesday in a press release.

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Raytheon said the CEC expands a ship's battlespace awareness. It does so by sharing sensor data among a network of other Australian and allied CEC-equipped ships and aircraft.

The equipment -- CEC hardware and software -- will be transferred to Australia in the months ahead for installation on HMAS Hobart and NUSHIP Brisbane, the second air warfare destroyer, followed by an extensive integration, test and evaluation period.

CEC is currently deployed on U.S. ships and land-based test sites, E-2C/D aircraft, and U.S. Marine Corps network systems.

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