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Titel: SEA 5000: Nieuwe MP/ASW fregatten voor Australië
Bericht door: Thomasen op 24/10/2017 | 17:29 uur
The heart of the matter—choosing a combat management system for the future frigates
When the government sits down to deliberate, one of the most important things for it to inquire about is the relative efficacy of the 9LV/CEAFAR and Aegis in the areas of electronic warfare and short- to medium-range air defence. The Australian combination has been demonstrated in trials to be effective against sea skimming supersonic missiles, one of the most challenging air defence threats a vessel can face. All are indications are that the CEAFAR/9LV-equipped Anzacs currently have the world’s best air defence on surface combatants over short to medium ranges. We don’t have the classified data to confirm that, but the government should ask to see a direct comparison. Similarly, it should ask about the ability of the two competing CMS solutions to fully exploit the sophisticated capabilities of the CEAFAR radar.

Aegis also comes with some significant advantages. Unlike the Anzac air defence solution, which is currently limited to the approximately 50 km range of the evolved sea sparrow missile (ESSM), Aegis has an established layered defence capability out to the significantly longer range of the SM-2 weapon (upwards of 150 km), improving the vessel’s survivability against complex threats. At shorter ranges it uses the same ESSM weapons as the Anzacs, but it can select long-range weapons when appropriate.

The latest Aegis baseline 9 is a more modular system than previous versions, with much-improved hardware and software architectures, making it easier for a user to pick and choose among various capabilities. (The RAN is nonetheless getting baseline 8 in its brand-new AWDs, but that’s another story.) Among the modules are two that bring functionality not currently found on Australian vessels—cooperative engagement capability (CEC) and ballistic missile defence (BMD). There was no requirement for the Anzacs to have either of those, so they are not features of 9LV, though both could be included as part of a future growth path for the system. CEC and BMD are not requirements for the current SEA 5000 competition, but the government might reasonably want to know about future options to include them. (