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  • LCS mission package development inches ahead

    The US Navy (USN) is ready to begin testing and fielding modular mission packages for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programme – modular systems enable each LCS to be quickly configured for specific tasks, according to an official. Captain Ted Zobel, programme manager for the LCS Mission

  • JMSDF to install CEC system on future Aegis-equipped destroyers

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) plans to provide its two upcoming Aegis-equipped destroyers with an enhanced capability to exchange data with similarly equipped platforms to better counter the threat posed by North Korean ballistic missiles, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense

  • Surface Navy 2018: US Navy needs common bridges and radars, Fleet Forces commander says

    The US Navy (USN) has created confusion with the plethora of bridge-control configurations and commercial navigation radars it uses on its surface ships, Admiral Philip Davidson, commander of the US Fleet Forces Command, said. Speaking at the 30th annual Surface Navy Association conference on 11

  • Surface Navy 2018: USN to test Saab’s ASW training system in 2018

    The US Navy (USN) will begin a three-month evaluation of Saab’s anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training system later this year. The demonstration will take place at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) in the Bahamas using the company’s AUV62-AT, an artificial acoustic

  • Surface Navy 2018: SEWIP Lite set for first deliveries

    Key Points AN/SLQ-32(V)6C – also known as SEWIP Lite – is a scaled, lower-cost version of the AN/SLQ-32(V)6 SEWIP Block 2 system Initial deliveries are supporting the USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter programme Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems has completed build of the first two

  • First laser scanner delivered for Norwegian MCM

    The first of four new laser scanners destined for the Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) has been delivered to Kongsberg Maritime by Canada-based company 2G Robotics ahead of integration on one of the RnoN’s new mine countermeasure (MCM) autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Four Hugin AUVs were

  • SNA 2018: AN/ALQ-248 AOEW pod set for mid-2018 CDR milestone

    Key Points The AN/ALQ-248 AMP will be integrated with MH-60R and MH-60S multi-mission helicopters to provide a long-endurance electronic attack capability Lockheed Martin has now been contracted for the build of AN/ALQ-248 engineering development models Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems

  • SNA 2018: USN wants better Aegis diagnostics

    The US Navy (USN) wants to be able to better gauge the condition of its shipboard Aegis combat systems, said James Sheridan, Aegis director for Lockheed Martin, the main contractor for the system. “There’s pressure on us to provide better diagnostics for the [Aegis] systems,”

  • SNA 2018: Destroyer mishaps disrupt USN Aegis BMD upgrade plans

    The recent collisions that damaged two guided-missile destroyers will likely affect US Navy (USN) efforts to modernise and deploy the surface combatants with upgraded Aegis combat systems for ballistic missile defence (BMD), according to James Sheridan, Aegis director for Lockheed Martin. The

  • Australia begins installation of CEC system components on Hobart-class destroyers

    Key Points Australia has begun installing components of the CEC system on its first two Air Warfare Destroyers First platform is on track for initial operational tasking, including against anti-air warfare threats, by late-2018 The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) first and second

  • Testing the water: Saab sets out its future manned/unmanned fleet vision

    Key Points Saab envisages distributed, networked force mix Manned-unmanned teaming will be key to concept In the mid-1980s, the Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) and Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) began extensive scientific and technical research to understand if and how

  • Thales certifies Omnisys for sonar transducer production

    Thales has qualified its Brazilian subsidiary Omnisys for the in-country production of sonar transducers, the company has announced. The transducers produced by Omnisys are intended for the Thales Underwater Systems Kingklip medium-frequency hull-mounted sonar which Jane’s understands is

  • USN creates 3D virtual dry dock for future Ford carrier work

    Looking to provide cheaper and more efficient maintenance for future Ford-class aircraft carriers, the US Navy (USN) has tapped laser metrology technology to create a virtual dry dock to simulate work on the vessels. Engineers from the Advanced Data, Prototyping Technologies, and Virtual

  • New laser warner fit for Swedish Visby corvettes

    The Royal Swedish Navy’s (RSwN’s) five Visby-class corvettes have been fitted with an Israeli-sourced laser warner system to provide a detection and countermeasures cueing capability against laser threats. The hitherto undisclosed upgrade, observed by Jane’s during a recent visit

  • Thales, AMOG Technologies team on masts and periscopes

    Thales and AMOG Technologies have teamed to carry out a study into the development of stealth technology for submarine periscopes and optronic masts, the Australian government announced on 20 December. Christopher Pyne, minister of defence industry, claimed that the teaming is another example of

  • US Navy integrates and elevates cyber operations role

    The US Navy (USN) is increasing the integration of cyber operations with other elements of the battlespace and is creating the operational role of Information Warfare Commander as it seeks to improve decision-making in the maritime domain, a senior USN officer has said. Combining the delivery of

  • Houston company developing UUV to manipulate at extreme depth without umbilical

    A Houston, Texas-based company is working with the US Navy (USN) on a minimally supervised, autonomous unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) that will be capable of operating deeper than 3,000 m without a surface vessel or an umbilical. Nicolaus Radford, Houston Mechatronics senior vice-president for

  • USN continues with integration of Magic Carpet carrier landing system

    The US Navy (USN) is continuing the development and deployment of the Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies, known in the USN by its acronym Magic Carpet, a system meant to make easier and safer to land F/A-18 aircraft

  • Israeli Navy completes first Saar 4.5 upgrade

    Key Points The first Saar 4.5 has now been fitted with the ALPHA radar. The new radar is the most significant part of an upgrade that is being rolled out across the class. The Israeli Navy has completed the installation of a new radar on the first of its Saar 4.5 missile ships and has begun work

  • First Spanish Navy frigate updated with broadband satcom

    The Spanish Navy has installed a first broadband planet-wide satellite communications (satcom) link on board one of its ships, according to contractor Satlink. The initial recipient is the F-100-class frigate Cristóbal Colón , but a further system has already been ordered for a second

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