State Dept. Approves Aegis Combat System Equipment for Australia Surface Combatants
WASHINGTON — The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia of equipment associated with the integration of the CEAFAR 2 Phased Array Radar System with the AEGIS Combat System for an estimated cost of $185 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a June 26 release. The DSCA has delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.
The government of Australia has requested to buy long-lead items, engineering and development activities, establishment of engineering development sites, and commencement of development activities associated with the integration of the CEAFAR 2 Phased Array Radar System with the Aegis Combat System, including numerous system components, spare parts, and engineering and technical support. This sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Western Pacific.
The proposed sale will enhance Australia’s surface combatant capability by adding nine Aegis-capable future frigates over the next 20 years and by upgrading their existing three Aegis-capable Hobart-class destroyers with the latest technology and capability. This sale enhances Australia’s self-defense capability, while significantly improving interoperability with U.S. Navy Aegis combatants in the region.
By deploying a surface combatant fleet that will incorporate cooperative engagement capability, Australia will significantly improve network-centric warfare capability for U.S. forces operating in the region.
The contractor will be Lockheed Martin, Rotary and Mission Systems, Moorestown, New Jersey. There are a significant number of companies under contract with the U.S. Navy that will provide components and systems as well as engineering services during the execution of this effort.