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The new Australian frigate hunters will be equipped with the advanced SeaEagle FCEO system

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Apr10,2024

>> “The new Australian frigate hunters will be equipped with the advanced SeaEagle FCEO system” />

Hunter-class frigates will be equipped with a system with a complex set of optical technologies. The SeaEagle FCEO features a state-of-the-art daylight camera, a high-resolution infrared camera, a high-precision laser rangefinder, and software for comprehensive marine environment analysis.

Chess Dynamics has announced that it has been awarded a contract to supply its advanced SeaEagle FCEO surveillance systems for the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) new Hunter-class frigates. These BAE Systems Maritime Australia ships are to receive advanced technology aimed at strengthening the RAN's monitoring, tracking and identification capabilities against land and air threats. This was reported in Naval Recognition on April 8.

“The technology is designed to optimize operations by providing accurate tracking information that facilitates passive coordination of frigate weapons,” — columnists write.

The SeaEagle FCEO system, known for its effectiveness in various international naval projects, will provide the Hunter-class frigates with a sophisticated set of optical technologies. It is a state-of-the-art daylight camera, a high-resolution infrared camera, and a high-precision laser range finder, and is complemented by advanced software for comprehensive analysis of the sea environment.

Integration of the SeaEagle FCEO system on Hunter-class frigates is expected , will increase the frigates' operational efficiency and maritime situational awareness.

Hunter-class frigates

The Hunter-class frigate will have a displacement of 8,800 tons. The length of the ship — 149.9 meters, width — 20.8 meters.

The propulsion system will be a CODLOG configuration consisting of one Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine, four MTU Type 20V 4000 M53B high-speed diesel generators and two electric motors, enabling a speed of over 27 knots (50 km/h).

The ship will be equipped with the Aegis combat system and the Saab 9LV tactical interface. Observations will be made using the CEA Technologies CEAFAR2 Phased Array Radar. For underwater detection, the Ultra S2150 sonar and Thales Sonar 2087 towed sonar with variable submersion depth will be delivered on the hull.

The frigate will be armed with modern RIM-66 Standard 2 and RIM-162 ESSM anti-ship missiles, a Mark 41 vertical launch system , MU90 Impact torpedoes, Mark 45 Mod 4 54-mm gun, two 30-mm short-range gun systems and two 20-mm Phalanx Close-In Weapon System systems.

For aviation, the ship has a large flight deck for Chinook or MH-60R helicopters.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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