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Cooperative Engagement Capability success on Australia's Air Warfare Destroyers

Raytheon Australia welcomes the announcement that HMAS Hobart and future destroyer Brisbane have successfully demonstrated the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) system, which is the first use of this technology by a nation other than the United States.

As Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne said this new capability will provide United States and Australian warships the ability to share targeting data in real time. This means a combat system can engage a target that it otherwise could not see, by using data from other sensors. In practical terms, this could see the radar sensors from an Air Warfare Destroyer help build the picture that enables a US warship to engage a target – and vice versa. This concept is at the heart of distributed lethality – which will be further extended by the Future Frigates that will also be fitted with Aegis and the Cooperative Engagement Capability. 

As the combat system integrator for Australia’s Air Warfare Destroyers, Raytheon Australia considers this announcement a critical milestone for the AWD program and the Royal Australian Navy, with Australia as the first international partner outside of the United States to gain access to this technology. 

Our team of 350 naval combat system integrators, engineers and program managers in Adelaide have successfully integrated and delivered the Hobart Class combat system for the AWD program on time and on budget. With access to Raytheon Company in the United States, the US Navy’s Cooperative Engagement Capability design agent, Raytheon Australia continues to act as the safe hands for sensitive US technology on Australian Defence Force programs.

Our highly skilled Australian workforce has worked closely with the Commonwealth over the past 14 years to integrate Australia’s most advanced and complex combat system into the Royal Australian Navy’s most lethal warships, the Air Warfare Destroyers (AWD).

Raytheon Australia has delivered the AWD combat system on time and on budget, integrating ten major subsystems, including the Aegis Weapon System, and the associated delivery of more than 3,500 major pieces of combat system equipment.

The success of the company’s combat system design and integration effort was evidenced by the rare first time success of HMAS Hobart’s combat system sea trials conducted last year. This early testing enables all three destroyers to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy with a fully active combat system.

The AWDs are the first warships outside of the United States to be equipped with the Cooperative Engagement Capability, further demonstrating Raytheon Australia’s ability to act as safe hands for sensitive US technology.  

On the back of the AWD program – and other integration roles – we have amassed ten million hours of complex combat system integration experience, confirming Raytheon Australia as the country’s largest and most capable combat system integrator.

We have more than 500 combat system related suppliers across Australia and we have worked with our Alliance partners to exceed Australian Industry Capability targets for the overall AWD program by 20 per cent.  

The skills and experience developed throughout the AWD program will deliver low risk solutions and real cost savings for Australia’s future complex naval programs.

Raytheon Australia was also an active participant in the Government’s AWD reform strategy which saw productivity improvements of 60 per cent from the first to the third ship in the shipbuilding element of the AWD program.

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