• US Navy to test ONR submarine app on cruiser for mission planning improvement

    Key Points US Navy Office of Naval Research's Mission Planning Application is part of the Advanced Processing Build programme for submarines ONR hopes to demonstrate the software during a one-year demonstration on board the DDG 51 cruiser USS Mobile Bay, beginning in 2015 The US Navy (USN) Office

  • India inaugurates indigenous sonar simulator

    A sonar simulator developed by the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO's) naval physical and oceanographic laboratory (NPOL) has been set up at INS Satavahana, the Indian Navy's submarine training establishment, situated in Visakhapatnam on India's east coast. A statement

  • Ultra awarded UK Merlin helicopter sonobuoy contract

    Key Points UK Ministry of Defence has awarded a GBP18 million contract to Ultra Electronics' Sonar Systems to supply and support Merlin HM.2 helicopter sonobuoys The two-year contract includes options for a two-year extension Ultra Electronics' Sonar Systems business has been awarded a GBP18

  • Indian MoD issues RfI for ADS-B receivers for navy ships and shore establishments

    The Indian Navy's Directorate of Naval Air Staff has released a Request for Information (RfI) for the intended procurement of approximately 125 Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) receivers for Indian Navy ships and bases. The receivers would provide real-time air traffic

  • Tomahawk demonstrates 'synthetic guidance' in moving target test

    The US Navy (USN) has demonstrated the ability of a 'synthetically guided' Tomahawk cruise missile - leveraging the existing Tomahawk Strike Network communications infrastructure - to hit a moving maritime target. The test, conducted at the end of January 2015, saw a Tomahawk Block IV missile -


  • Efforts made to improve global cyber-security

    Multilateral meetings are set to explore how to tackle cyber-security, but international co-operation is far from straightforward. Tim Maurer looks at the potential challenges in finding common ground amid an increase in cyber-attacks in 2014
  • Hackers target global geonavigation networks

    Global navigation satellite systems are vulnerable to attack from states, insurgents, and criminals using disruption devices to jam signals or fool them with false transmissions. Milosz Reterski assesses the growing risk to air traffic, defence systems, and shipping.
  • Projecting power ... and politics? Carriers in the Indian Ocean

    Strike-capable aircraft carriers are growing in strategic significance in the force structures of a number of navies, some of which have a strong presence in the Indian Ocean region. The region itself also is growing in geostrategic importance. Shishir Upadhyaya discusses the combined impact of these two developments
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  • US opens door to increased UAV sales

    Key Points A new US policy could facilitate military UAV exports to more countries The policy is the latest in a series of efforts to "modernise and reform" US export controls for the aerospace and defence industry The Obama administration on 17 February unveiled a new policy that could
  • IDEX 2015: ALAS-C ready for Emirati trials

    Yugoimport SDPR expects its Advanced Light Attack System - Coastal Defence (ALAS-C) to begin its evaluation trials with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Navy later this year, the Serbian company's Dragi Dimitrijevic told IHS Jane's at the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi. "We are finished with all


  • AN/APX-117(V); AN/APX-118(V); AN/APX-123(V)

    Type Identification friend-or-foe (IFF) transponders Description The AN/APX-117(V), AN-APX-118(V), and AN/APX-123(V) are common transponders in US Navy service in aircraft. However, they can be deployed in warships in vessels such as submarines, patrol boats, and auxiliaries that require only

  • AN/UPX-41(C)

    Type Shipborne digital identification friend-or-foe (IFF) interrogator Description The AN/UPX-41(C) is the US Navy's standard Mode 5 level 1 and 2 interrogator. Of an open-architecture VME design, it is an upgrade to the AN/UPX-37 that itself replaced the AN/UPX-27 in the US fleet. It is used for

  • AN/UPX-42(C)

    Type Shipborne digital identification friend-or-foe (IFF) interrogator Description AN/UPX-42(C) is an upgrade of the AN/UPX-41(C), which incorporates SIF/Mode 4 and Mode 5 with growth to Mode S. The system is of an open-architecture digital VME-based modular design. The interrogator includes

  • TSB 3521 BlueGate

    Type Shipborne encrypted identification friend-or-foe (IFF) system Description TSB 3521 is part of the BlueGate IFF system developed by Thales and provides warships with an effective Mode 5 and Mode S capability. The BlueGate IFF system was tested and validated during the 'Bold Quest' exercise in