In June, the Royal Navy announced that it was buying the U.S. Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) for seven of its Type 23 frigates and for the future Daring-class (Type 45) air defense frigate, which replaces existing British destroyers. Because the command systems of the two classes will be related, the work of adapting the system to the Type 23 will solve many of the problems likely to be encountered with Type 45. The British also plan to install CEC in the early-warning helicopters operating from their carriers, just as the U.S. Navy is installing it on board E-2C Hawkeye aircraft.
World Naval Developments: Moving Toward Missile Defense
By Norman Friedman