• Indonesia cuts steel on second SIGMA frigate

    Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL held a steel-cutting ceremony for the Indonesian Navy's (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut's/TNI-AL's) second SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided-missile frigate in Surabaya, Indonesia, on 17 September. The vessel is being built jointly with

  • USN's Triton conducts first flight across United States

    Key Points The navy's first MQ-4C made the cross-country journey in 11 hours Two more Tritons will also fly across the United States to NAS Patuxent River where testing will help the programme reach IOC in 2017 The first of three unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) designed for the US Navy's (USN's)

  • UK sets out plans to refresh RN navigation radar portfolio

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has set out plans for the fleet-wide recapitalisation of the navigation radar systems fitted to Royal Navy (RN) ships and submarines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessels. Known as the Navigation Radar Portfolio (NRP), the project is intended to replace the

  • New Zealand buys FDS3 floating decoy

    UK-based Airborne Systems Europe is to supply its FDS3 rapid response floating corner radar decoy to the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) as part of the Anzac-class Frigate Systems (FSU) programme. An export derivative of the Outfit DLF(3b) decoy system in service with the UK Royal Navy (RN) since

  • Panama suspends Selex's coastal radar work

    Panama has suspended a contract with Selex for installing a network of 19 coastal radars, the Panamanian government announced on 5 August. According to the Panamanian Office of the President, the seven radars installed so far do not comply with contractual requirements. The EUR92 million (USD123

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  • More long-range Iranian early-warning radars revealed

    Key Points Iran is making significant progress in building a network of long-range early-warning radars. IHS Jane's has identified what appears to be the 3,000 km range Sepehr radar in the northwest of the country, as well as a prototype facility for the Ghadir radar that was unveiled in June.
  • Saudi Arabia inaugurates northern border security project

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud inaugurated the first phase of a border security barrier along the kingdom's northern borders on 5 September. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the multi-layered barrier runs along 900 km of the northern border and consists of 78 monitoring


  • SeaClear MOAS

    Type Mine and obstacle avoidance sonar (MOAS) Development This is a new sonar for introduction into service in future submarines. Description This high-frequency (HF) sonar meets the requirement to support safe navigation for dived submarines in cluttered environments. Designed for use in


    Type Towed-array surveillance system Development SURTASS (Surface Towed-Array Surveillance System) is the successor to the AN/BQR-15 towed-array surveillance system (TASS) and is operated by the US Navy and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) as the NQQ-2 variant. This mobile surveillance

  • MG-325/Vyega ('Mare Tail')

    Type Medium-frequency (MF) variable-depth sonar (VDS) Description Designated Mare Tail by NATO, this active search MF VDS of the mid-1960s is thought to have an operating range of around 4 n miles in active mode and 2 n miles in passive. It was first trialled on a Petya trials ship in 1966. This

  • 3-inch, 4 W Rugged Loudspeaker Units

    Type Loudspeaker Description Vitavox 3-inch, 4 W Rugged Loudspeaker Units are designed to deliver clear speech in hostile and noisy environments. They are waterproof, blast-proof, and shock-proof and produced in three versions: standard, lightweight, and magnetic (low). Other features and