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RAN to receive Raytheon’s CEC system

18th December 2017 - 06:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Raytheon has completed the design, development and testing of its Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) system, which will be installed on the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN's) HMAS Hobart, the company announced on 13 December.

The CEC system will be delivered to the RAN after receiving certification from the US Navy for international installation.

Raytheon’s CEC is 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. This integrated picture improves task force effectiveness by enabling longer range, cooperative, or layered engagements.

The equipment - certified hardware and software - will be transferred to Australia for installation on HMAS Hobart and NUSHIP Brisbane over coming months. The transfer will be followed by an integration, test and evaluation period. Raytheon will support integration and testing of the CEC system on the ships including scheduled sea trials.

The CEC system will expand Hobart’s battlespace awareness by sharing the sensor data among a network of other Australian and allied CEC-equipped ships and aircraft.

Jonathan Garcia, CEC major program manager at PEO Integrated Warfare Systems 6.0, said: ‘The addition of CEC is a major building block for Australia in their defence against anti-air warfare threats in the Pacific region. This delivery to Australia marks a significant first – expanding the CEC network globally and increasing the US Navy interoperability with a valued, strategic ally.’

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