‘Beware the Bases’ cruise automated systems
Cruise automated systems are being installed on Australian warships to improve safety, with some of the systems being set up at the ports of Darwin and Newcastle.
The Australian Defence Force has installed the systems on the Canberra and Darwin frigate, the HMAS Canberra, and the Darwin-class cruiser HMAS Hunter.
The new system, which will be used on all Australian warships, has been developed by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and includes safety systems that include a system to monitor collisions and detect collisions at sea.
The systems, which are known as Aegis, have been deployed on the Perth-class destroyer HMAS Rennie, the Australian warship HMAS Coffs Harbour, the Canberra-class cruisers HMAS Alice Springs and HMAS Darwin, and other warships.
“The Aegis system is used for both detecting collisions and the control of the vessel to avoid collisions,” Defence Minister Christopher Pyne told reporters.
“It is designed to reduce the need for sailors to make dangerous manoeuvres.”
Australian Defence Force spokesman Brigadier David Williams said the Aegis systems were designed to increase the safety of Australian ships.
“This is one of the major reasons why we are going to be using Aegis for our ships in the future,” he said.
“There is a huge amount of information available about the dangers of collision and we want to ensure that we can maintain that level of safety.”
Australia’s Aegis System to be installed at Darwin, Newcastle, Canberra, Hobart and Alice Springs ships in 2016Source: Defence Science & Technology Organisation, Al Jazeera’s Alix Spiegel, Reuters news agencyIn November, the Navy announced that the Aegimat system would be deployed on all ships of the Royal Australian Navy in 2020.
The system will be installed in the Perth and Darwin ships by the end of the year, and will be operational on all of the Australian warships by 2021.
The Defence Science&Tech Organisation (DSTO), which is responsible for the Aegisalat system, said the system had been developed over the past decade and included the ability to detect collision scenarios, including when the ship is moving in a straight line and has not been moved by a collision.
“We have developed the Aegise system to improve the safety and the survivability of Australian warships in the event of a collision,” said James Scott, a senior defence scientist at DSTO.
Aegis systems are designed to prevent collisions, and in the case of collisions, the Aegises system is also designed to stop the vessel’s engines from overheating.
The Aegises systems are not just for warships.
They are also being used on the Australian Defence Research Institute’s (ADRI) Nimrod and Sea Shield submarines.DSTL has not yet confirmed whether the Aegismat system will also be installed on the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (NZN) newest submarine, the RNZN-class.
The NZN-3, which is scheduled to enter service in 2020, has the Aegislash system installed on its surface-to-air missile system.
The NZN submarine was designed to counter threats to the US Pacific fleet from China.
The new Aegis is being tested at Darwin and at the Royal Sydney Navy Shipyard.
In November 2017, the NZN commissioned the Aegistic System, which included the Aegiscopes, Aegis Armaments and Aegis Radar, which were designed by DSTL.
Dsto, which provides the Aegispheres, said it was not clear when the AegIS systems would be operational.
“It is also not clear if the Aegic Systems will be deployed aboard our ships or will be placed at the discretion of the navies and their crews,” the company said.
The RNZF has also received the Aegistaff system, a system designed to protect Australian ships against missile threats.
The Navy has not confirmed whether any of the Aegishas will be fitted aboard its vessels, but Defence Minister Peter Dutton said the Navy was exploring options.
“If Australia decides to proceed with deploying these Aegis at the moment, then we will be making that decision as part of our overall strategy and that will include a full assessment of the risks of each system and the potential benefits of each,” he told reporters at a press conference.
Australian Defence Forces’ Defence Science Board, which oversees the Defence Force’s Aegislat systems, will conduct a full review of the new Aegistuff systems in the next few weeks.
“Once the full review is complete, it will then be reviewed by the defence and defence procurement committees and will determine whether the Defence Department should proceed with any future use of the system,” the Defence Minister said.
Australian warships have also been receiving a new system known as the Aegisecontroller, which can be deployed anywhere on a ship’s hull.
A Aegis cannon fires a laser in the air to hit a targetSource: Defense Science &Tech Organisation, DSTG websiteA