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United States and Australia Collaborate on Integrated Air and Missile Defense Test

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United States and Australia Collaborate on Integrated Air and Missile Defense Test

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United States and Australia Collaborate on Integrated Air and Missile Defense Test
United States and Australia Collaborate on Integrated Air and Missile Defense Test

Australia supported the United States (US) as it undertook a successful missile defence test off the coast of Hawaii. Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force assets supported the test conducted by the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the US Navy. The US test involved the successful intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) test target. This was the US MDA’s most complex test to date against a priority threat target and demonstrated the capability of the Aegis Weapon System to detect, track, engage, and intercept an MRBM target in the terminal phase of flight. During the test, Australia demonstrated its advanced radar capabilities aboard a Navy vessel, HMAS Stuart, while a RAAF E-7 Wedgetail assisted in data collection and communications.

Quotes attributable to US Missile Defense Agency Director Lieutenant General Heath Collins: “This successful intercept against an advanced threat-representative target in the final stages of flight demonstrated the power and flexibility of the Aegis Weapons System. The Missile Defense Agency is very grateful and honored to have had Australia participate in this important test and we look forward to working together with all of our allies on future collaborations to detect and maintain deterrence in the Indo-Pacific.”

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Australian ANZAC Class frigate HMAS Stuart leaves Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oahu, Hawaii on March 21, 2024 in preparation for their participation in the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Flight Test Aegis Weapon System-32 (FTM-32), held on March 28, 2024 in cooperation with the U.S. Navy. (Photo by U.S. Missile Defense Agency)
Australian ANZAC Class frigate HMAS Stuart leaves Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oahu, Hawaii on March 21, 2024 in preparation for their participation in the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Flight Test Aegis Weapon System-32 (FTM-32), held on March 28, 2024 in cooperation with the U.S. Navy. (Photo by U.S. Missile Defense Agency)

Quotes attributable to Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Greg Bilton AO CSC: “This was a unique opportunity to work closely with the US Missile Defense Agency and US Navy as they tested the Aegis Weapon System’s ability to detect, track and defend against short-to-medium range ballistic missiles, while we simultaneously observed the performance of our own systems. It is a great example of our deepening defence engagement with the US and an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the Australian Defence Force’s interoperability with the US Navy.”

HMAS Stuart (FFH 153) is an Anzac-class frigate of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). She was built at Williamstown in Victoria, and commissioned into the RAN in 2002. The frigate is operational as of 2021. Stuart is the last ship of the Anzac class to undergo the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade. The upgrade will include the fitting of CEA Technologies’ CEAFAR and CEAMOUNT phased array radars on new masts, a Vampir NG Infrared Search and Track system, and Sharpeye Navigational Radar Systems, along with improvements to the operations room equipment and layout. The Boeing E-7 Wedgetail was designed for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) under “Project Wedgetail” and designated E-7A Wedgetail. It uses the Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) radar.

A Missile Defence Agency member, Steven Foster, shows Petty Officer Electronic Technician Thomas Dann how to control the ePATAS equipment in the Hanger of HMAS Stuart during the FTM-32 Mission as part of a Pacific deployment.
A Missile Defence Agency member, Steven Foster, shows Petty Officer Electronic Technician Thomas Dann how to control the ePATAS equipment in the Hanger of HMAS Stuart during the FTM-32 Mission as part of a Pacific deployment. (Photo by LSIS Rikki-Lea Phillips/Australian Government Department of Defence)

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