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Chess Dynamics to Provide Surveillance Systems for Royal Australian Navy Hunter Class Frigates

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Chess Dynamics to Provide Surveillance Systems for Royal Australian Navy Hunter Class Frigates

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Sea Eagle FCEO MKII (Fire Control Electro Optical)
Sea Eagle FCEO MKII (Fire Control Electro Optical)

Chess Dynamics has been awarded a contract by BAE Systems Maritime Australia to supply its SeaEagle FCEO surveillance systems for the first batch of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Hunter class frigates. The system will provide the RAN with a state-of-the-art surveillance capability for the detection, tracking, and identification of surface and air targets as part of the Hunter Class Frigate Program. The highly accurate tracking data is expected to allow passive targeting for the weapon systems, reducing overall operator burden.

“We are delighted to have been selected by BAE Systems Maritime Australia to provide our SeaEagle FCEO surveillance systems for the RAN’s Hunter class frigates,” said David Tuddenham, Group Managing Director of Chess Dynamics. “Our system is a proven performer, and we are confident that it will provide the RAN with the capability it needs to operate effectively in increasingly demanding maritime environments.”

The SeaEagle FCEO has been selected for integration into several global naval programmes, including the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship, on which the Hunter class frigates have been designed. The system is equipped with an advanced daylight camera, a high-resolution infrared camera, and an eye-safe laser rangefinder. It also features a sophisticated software suite that provides a comprehensive picture of the maritime environment. The SeaEagle FCEO system will be integrated into the Hunter class frigates’ combat management system, providing the crew with a single, intuitive interface.

The system can also share information with other ships and assets in the fleet, enhancing the RAN’s overall maritime situational awareness. The contract represents a significant milestone for Chess Dynamics and further establishes the company as a leading provider of high-performance electro-optic sensor systems for the maritime defence market. The SeaEagle FCEO system will play a key role in the RAN’s Hunter Class Frigate Program, providing the fleet with the capability it needs to operate effectively in a modern maritime environment.

Sea Eagle FCEO MKII (Fire Control Electro Optical)
Sea Eagle FCEO MKII (Fire Control Electro Optical). (Photo by Chess Dynamics)

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