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HMAS Brisbane completes combat system testing

31st October 2019 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Brisbane has completed a live missile engagement in the US with the US Navy’s USS Stockdale.

Brisbane’s combat system was tested against a range of challenging targets and tactical situations using remote sensor data from USS Stockdale and the Cooperative Engagement Capability.

The Cooperative Engagement Capability provides a secure communications capability between Australian and US equipped ships, aircraft or land forces and allows a unit to detect and engage a threat identified by another ship or aircraft.

The trials mark the next step in the Hobart class destroyer’s introduction into service.

Minister for Defence, Linda Reynolds, said: ‘This missile firing demonstrates the very highest levels of interoperability between our navies. It reaffirms the game changing technology that the Aegis combat system brings to our navy and the advanced capability of the Australian-built Hobart class destroyers.

‘By conducting these trials in the US, our navy is able to access the world’s best expertise, instrumented ranges and analysis capabilities to provide confidence in how the ship will perform in combat.’

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