Home' Asia Pacific Defence Reporter : APDR 11 2013 Contents – summarized the performance of SAMPSON:
“This is a Multi-Function Radar (MFR) known the 1045 and it is an E/F-Band
active phased array (beam steering on the transmit side) targeting and missile
uplink guidance radar; so primarily a targeting and uplink radar - but also capable
of volume search and establishing situational awareness.”
The two radars give coverage out to 400kms. It is understood that the 1046 has
an upgrade path that will give it an anti ballistic missile capability. He continued:
“This combination allows the Long Range Radar to maintain full and regular
situational awareness even if the MFR was diverting search time to look time (i.e .
It is not the purpose of this brief article to compare the ‘Aegis’ system that will
equip the RAN’s HOBART class, other than to observe that it is older technology
that requires the use of separate fire control radars for missile engagement. This
is still an effective system, because it makes use of the extremely long-range
capabilities of the radar, matched to SM-2 missiles. The phased array radar can
track multiple incoming targets and then rapidly sequence an SM-2 engagement
where the fire control radars can be switched from target to target for short periods
of time. The Australian version is actually the 9th generation of ‘Aegis’ and it has
now been installed on 20 USN ships.
However, the RAN’s ANZAC frigates are being upgraded with radar even more
advanced than either SAMPSON or ‘Aegis’ – a fully digital fixed phased array
with separate fixed face fire control radars. For the moment these are coupled to
relatively short-range ESSM missiles, so the ships are not yet able to provide the
very broad area air defence function of Arleigh Burkes or Type 45s. Nevertheless
the Australian product – developed by Canberra based CEA Technologies – is
scalable and the company is experimenting with an Aegis-sized panel for much
On matters of habitability and comfort, spending time on DARING was a
pleasant experience and the ship seems well suited for long-term deployments.
The passageways are spacious, there are plenty of bathroom facilities and many of
the crew has individual quarters – though most share either two-berth or six-berth
cabins. APDR was accommodated in a two-bunk room that was comfortable and a
good night’s sleep was obtained despite quite a lot of pitching and rolling because
of the rough weather.
The food was fine and plentiful. In keeping with Royal Navy protocol, officers
dress for dinner – all wearing a red cummerbund displaying the ship’s crest. There
was a small bar in the officer’s mess that was used for the benefit of visitors who
needed a pre-dinner glass of wine after a hard day’s reporting. The sailors were at
all times courteous, helpful and friendly. They were clearly proud of their ship and
enthusiastic about discussing their experiences.
The sight as we sailed into Sydney on Friday morning was unforgettable. HMS
DARING led a group of three into the harbor, with the others being New Zealand
ship HMNZS TE MANA and Indian Navy multi-role stealth frigate INS SAHYADRI.
The weather had cleared up completely and we were followed by dozens of
pleasure craft to our mooring point near Garden Island and close to both the Opera
House and Harbor Bridge.
It is to be hoped that DARING is viewed by as many Australian decision makers
as possible. APDR sincerely hopes that the ship and her crew make another visit
to these waters in the not-too-distant future.
(APDR would like to thank the entire crew, starting with Commander Essenhigh,
who could not have been more helpful. Particular mention should also be made
of new father Lieutenant Commander Marcel Rosenberg – quoted above – and
Lieutenant Becca Brown. Instrumental in making the arrangements was the
irrepressible Adam Thomas)
DARING being moved to Barangaroo
Credit: Crown copyright / Keith Morgan
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The new ̧SDTR.
The new vehicular tactical radio is the first member of the ̧SDxR
software defined radio family. It marks a revolutionary change in the field
of tactical radio communications, both technically and economically.
SCA-compliant, open radio platform
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