• Kratos receives LRIP1 contract for BQM-177A aerial target

    Key Points BQM-177A is a high-fidelity target designed to replicate subsonic anti-ship cruise missile threats The LRIP1 contract covers the delivery of 45 BQM-177A target vehicles Kratos Defense & Security Solutions is to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the next-generation

  • New antenna appears on Iranian frigate

    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) has fitted what appears to be a new antenna to its frigate Alvand that may be for gathering electronic intelligence (ELINT). Fitted to the roof of the frigate's bridge on the starboard side, the antenna could be seen in imagery showing the ship during a

  • USN eyes HELIOS for laser weapon fit on DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyer

    The US Navy (USN) is advancing a fast-track plan to test a high-energy laser weapon system on a DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer. A request for proposal (RFP) for what the navy now refers to as the High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance (HELIOS) system

  • USN Trident trainer goes online

    The US Navy's (USN) newest submarine bridge trainer (SBT) has entered service at the Trident Training Facility (TRITRAFAC) in Bangor, Washington state. The trainer features a near life-size mockup of a generic submarine sail, the USN noted in a release, surrounding sailors with 18 channels of

  • Janus sets new standard for underwater communications

    Key Points The Janus protocol is now an approved NATO standard Janus has been extensively tested at sea in exercises involving a number of partners An underwater communications protocol developed by NATO’s Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) has become the world’s


  • Fleet regeneration: Portugal shapes up a modern, balanced fleet

    The Portuguese Navy is in the middle of a modernisation effort aimed at building a credible and versatile fleet within the constraints of its size that will enable it continue to operate across a full spectrum of missions beyond the 2020s. Kate Tringham reports
  • Evolving expeditionary capabilities

    In a period generally characterised by lean defence budgets and more complex and demanding military requirements, Jim Dorschner reports on how some armed forces around the world are developing and fielding multirole expeditionary capabilities
  • Global coverage: P-8A provides patrol capacity around the world

    As maritime patrol returns to the top of the operational agenda, a number of countries are investing in new multimission aircraft to tackle surveillance tasks at sea. Dr Lee Willett and Ridzwan Rahmat discuss the P-8A Poseidon programmes developing in the European and Asia-Pacific theatres
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  • Lightweight Gabbiano radar pitched at UAVs

    Leonardo has unveiled its lightest airborne multimode radar to date. The Gabbiano TS Ultra-Light weighs less than 24 kg and is designed for use on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The radar was debuted at the Paris Air Show and comprises a 12 inch nose-mounted antenna and a receiver transmitter


  • Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS)

    Type Naval Fire-Control System (FCS). Development In 2005, following a competitive procurement process, Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (acquired by L-3 Communications in February 2012 and now operating as L-3 KEO) was chosen to provide the US Navy (USN) with an EOSS as part of the CG-47