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Australia’s Aegis Destroyer Will Improve its Defensive Capabilities

The Royal Australian Navy is leveraging the latest Aegis combat system, SM-6 interceptor missiles and its new Hobart-class destroyers to limit its vulnerability to proliferating ballistic and cruise missile threats in the Indo-Pacific region. This has implications for interoperability with allies and deterrence.

In June 2018, the US Department of State approved the purchase of long-lead equipment including the CEAFAR 2 phased array radar system as part of the Aegis combat system for Australia’s Royal Australian Navy (RAN). This sale would both strengthen Australia’s self-defence capabilities and increase the RAN’s interoperability with the US Navy’s Aegis destroyers and cruisers in the Pacific region. The CEAFAR radar system is designed to enable seamless Cooperative Engagement

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