After a 20 month upgrade, HMAS Arunta fired its first Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) off the coast of WA.
ESSM is a surface-to-air weapon that uses radar guidance to counter fast anti-ship missiles, part of Aruntathe air defense capability of.
The Anzac-class frigate is the first in its class to undergo the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade at Henderson under the Australian Alliance Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA).
Missile fire is an important part of testing the vessel’s enhanced capabilities.
“This successful missile launch demonstrates the success of the AMCAP upgrade, which enhances the frigate’s self-protection, communications, and command and control capabilities,” Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said.
âIt’s also a testament to the WAMA Alliance, a partnership between the Australian government, BAE Systems, SAAB Australia and Naval Ship Management Australia.
“AMCAP is part of this government’s $ 1.2 billion ANZAC class support program with the Australian defense industry, which directly employs more than 140 workers while providing ongoing opportunities for small businesses to Henderson. “
Home to HMAS Stirling, the Arunta is a long-range frigate capable of air defense, surface and submarine warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. She is one of seven Anzac-class frigates being upgraded to AMCAP, along with HMAS Warramungaupgrade currently in progress.
“These improvements will ensure that the frigates remain one of the most advanced in the world until the Hunter Class frigates enter service,” said Minister Reynolds.