Inherited this project partially completed and running late. It also
had a few technical issues regarding
The implementation was a success with two world firsts for Australia.
The results from the field trials of this system were also astounding
from my point of view. The three points that stand out in my mind showing
the effectiveness of the system were:
During a set of war games off the east Australian coast,
two frigates were given the task of destroying each other.i
Only one had the new sonar system.
The new sonar system not only detected it's sister ship trying to hide
a fleet of container ships, but launched attack helicopters that
destroyed the ship before this sister ship located it's own target.
While testing and co-ordination tasks were being being carried
out on the west coast of Australia, container ships were being detected
travelling up and down the east coast of Africa.
While end-of life tests were being carried out in order to determine
how the system degrades over time an American nuclear submarine was
detected then followed for some time.