• 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

  • Kelvin Hughes to deliver second SharpEye submarine radar set for Pakistan’s Khalid class in 2019

    A follow-on order for the SharpEye Doppler submarine radar system from Kelvin Hughes has been placed by Pakistan, and the system will be delivered to the country in 2019, the company announced on 21 November. Kelvin Hughes first announced in February 2017 that it has secured a first order for the

  • Indian Navy signs deal with Tata for portable diver detection sonars

    On 15 November, India’s Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division (SED) was awarded a contract for the supply of portable diver detection sonars (PDDSs) to the Indian Navy (IN), intended to enhance the service’s underwater surveillance capabilities and its ability to counter asymmetric

  • Ukraine confirms intention to regenerate MCM capability

    Key Points Ukraine hopes to acquire new MCM systems to replace capability lost to Russia The new capabilities will be part of a ‘Mosquito Fleet’ as an interim to re-establishing a true naval force Ukraine’s navy has confirmed aspirations to develop a mine countermeasure (MCM)

  • MQ-9 UAS supports ASW demonstration

    Key Points The MQ-9 air vehicle was fitted with a sonobuoy receiver and a data processor for the purposes of the demonstration Testing saw the MQ-9 receive and process sonobuoy data and then relay track data via a satellite communications link A General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 unmanned

  • UK looks to procure Australian naval radar system

    The United Kingdom is to look at the feasibility of procuring a radar system developed by Australian company CEA Technologies, Australian Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said on 10 November. In a press release published by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD), Pyne said the

  • CAE develops miniaturised magnetic anomaly detector

    CAE Inc is ready to introduce a miniaturised version of its Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD) system that can hunt submarines from small aircraft such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), according to an executive. Joe Armstrong, vice-president and general manager of defence and security at CAE

  • Australia to upgrade Nulka missile decoy system used by RAN

    The Australian government announced on 3 November that it will invest AUD207 million (USD 159 million) into upgrading the Nulka missile decoy system used by Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessels. In a joint statement Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne

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