I have often posted about CEAFAR and CEAMOUNT. But without much response! No one seems to know much about CEA, or at least are not able to speak publicly.
I cannot work out why the combination of CEAFAR, CEAMOUNT, and the associated Saab combat data system are not ?selling like hotcakes?.
After all CEAFAR and (at least the mast mounted version of) CEAMOUNT are 100% AESA and thus:
? Multi beam and thus inherently multi channel
? Multi ?generator? and thus have graceful degradation
? Fixed, non rotating, and thus non mechanically dependent
The combination would seem to be superior to the other western naval radar and combat data system combinations as:
Compared with AEGIS /SPY-1
? The main SPY-1 radars associated with AEGIS are PESA and thus can only generate a single beam at a time and do not have graceful degradation
? The illuminators are very limited in number/channels of fire and are mechanically steered
? The main search radar, though AESA (I think), is single panel, rotating and thus mechanically dependent
? The APAR combines low level search, tracking, and SAR illumination in one, and I am not sure X band is optimal for low level search or tracking?
? Both main radars are rotating and thus mechanically dependent
? There currently are no X band illuminators, resulting from and necessitating the use of active radar missiles (ie Aster)
CEAFAR/CEAMOUNT/Saab CDS would therefore be the only combination with:
? 100% AESA radars
? 100% fixed non rotating radars
? Specifically 100% AESA and fixed radar for surveillance
? Separate S and X band radars for surveillance/tracking and illumination respectively
? The only 100% AESA and fixed radar combination to operate with ESSM
All resulting in a huge number of channels of fire for ASMD!
I wonder why CEAFAR et al is not ?selling like hotcakes??
Is CEAFAR very low power compared to SPY-1? Is the Saab combat data system limited compared to AEGIS?
It also seems that, if my arguments are correct, the upgraded ANZACs would have more modern radars and more channels of fire that the AWDs would!
The CEAFAR maritime multifunction radar systems aboard HMAS Perth is one of the most advanced in production.
09 Dec 2008
The ANZAC ASMD Upgrade Project successfully demonstrated the CEA-FAR active phased array multi-function radar installed on an ANZAC Frigate, HMAS Perth off the coast of Western Australia.
CEA-FAR is one of the most advanced maritime multifunction radar systems in production, from Canberra based CEA Technologies.
Being a fully digital beamforming system, it can dynamically adapt and change modes to meet complex environmental and threat scenarios.
Its scalability is enabled by the tile-based face architecture and the digital beamforming backend.
This makes CEA-FAR suitable for consideration in applications as small as offshore patrol craft and as large as
destroyers and cruisers.
The risk reduction and data collection objectives of the at-sea demonstration were successfully achieved in significantly less than the planned time frame.
This enabled additional capabilities to be assessed during the sea going opportunity.
Activities included tactical air and surface scenarios involving multiple aircraft and ships, small targets representative of anti-ship missiles and weapon systems.
These were conducted in littoral and open ocean maritime conditions and included the complex electromagnetic environments associated with multiple warships and aircraft.
The at-sea demonstration followed a successful land-based demonstration of the same production hardware at CEA?s Canberra facilities on 6 November.
The faces used in the demonstration were from the first production run and had been delivered on schedule from the company?s production line in July 08.
?This project has experienced delays so it is pleasing to see this milestone achieved," commented Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Greg Combet.
"However, much work remains to be done and the Government will continue to closely monitor the progress of this project.?
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