• Lockheed Martin to develop and integrate new soft-kill pod into USN helicopters

    Business units within Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems have been awarded parallel contracts to develop and integrate a new persistent anti-ship missile decoy payload on US Navy (USN) MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters. A USD5.5 million contract covering the preliminary design of the Advanced

  • US Navy declares IOC for ALMDS airborne counter-mine system

    The US Navy (USN) has declared initial operating capability (IOC) for its AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS), manufacturer Northrop Grumman announced on 12 January. The milestone for the ALMDS comes under two-and-a-half years after operations with the helicopter-based system

  • DARPA's TUNA readies for next phase

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has concluded the initial development phase of its Tactical Undersea Network Architectures (TUNA) programme following 15 months of development and testing. The TUNA effort was launched in April 2014 and aims to research credible communication

  • Surface Navy 2017: L3 MK 30 MOD 1 to complete testing by mid-2017

    L3 KEO is expected to complete testing on its MK 20 MOD 1 electro-optical (EO) sensor system by August 2017, a company official said during the annual Surface Navy Association (SNA) symposium held 10-12 January in Washington, DC. The system, which replaces the MK 20 MOD 0 is undergoing

  • NRL demonstrates automated health-monitoring system for ship communications networks

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is developing a system of sensors that could shorten the time it takes for a ship's network administrator to identify anomalies, determine the cause of a problem, and fix the issue. The Integrated Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Tactical Resiliency Risk

  • USN, USAF, Royal Thai Navy select L3 WESCAM to upgrade EO/IR capabilities

    Key Points USN, USAF to add new EO/IR systems to MMA and AC130-J fleets L3 Webcam gets first MX sale in Thailand L3 WESCAM announced it has received several defence contracts valued at more than USD90 million for a range of airborne and maritime domain MX-series electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR)

  • European submarine operators eye lithium-ion battery technology

    Several European submarine operators appear to have moved closer to adopting lithium-ion battery technology for their respective next generation boats due to be acquired and commissioned in the mid-2020s, it emerged at Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) 2017 conference in Bremen. The German Navy

  • PLAN operates towed and variable depth sonars in South China Sea exercise

    Chinese news media recently reported that a destroyer squadron from the South Sea Fleet of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) conducted a week-long anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise that concluded in late November. A 1 December article, published on chinanews.com, was illustrated with the

  • US Pacific Command confirms China seized Slocum G2 AUV

    The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) seized by a Chinese naval vessel on 16 December was a Teledyne-Webb Slocum G2 glider, which are used for oceanographic research with significant military applications. Lieutenant Commander Matt Knight, a US Pacific Command (USPACOM) spokesperson, confirmed

  • Capability boost: trials demonstrate enhanced ViDAR/ScanEagle package

    Key Points Sentient's ViDAR system is designed to meet a growing maritime surveillance requirement Recent trials, including 'Unmanned Warrior 2016', have demonstrated the system's ability to support a range of tasks Sentient Vision Systems' ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) maritime

  • Exponaval 2016: Leonardo unveils ATAS low-frequency towed array sonar

    Leonardo displayed its new low/medium frequency active towed array sonar solution at Exponaval 2016, and revealed an initial two customers for the system The new Active Towed Array Sonar (ATAS) system comprises a towed body with the active source frequency transducers, an in-line passive towed

  • SEA to upgrade data highway on Chilean Type 23 frigates

    SEA, a Cohort plc company, is to upgrade the Combat System Highway (CSH) infrastructure onboard the Chilean Navy's three former UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigates Almirante Cochrane (ex-HMS Norfolk ), Almirante Condell (ex-HMS Marlborough ), and Almirante Lynch (ex-HMS Grafton ). The work,

  • Spain's SAES reveals automated sonar system designed to detect small surface craft

    Key Points SAES has developed a sonar system focusing on the automated detection, tracking, and classification of small surface craft. The work is derived from the EU-backed CLOSEYE project, with maritime trafficking via small craft being a prominent security issue for Europe. Spanish underwater

  • Northrop Grumman contracted for C4ISR, machinery control systems for new USCG cutter

    Key Points In September, Eastern Shipbuilding Group was selected for the OPC detailed design and production phase Northrop Grumman's scope of supply includes integrated bridge systems, C2 consoles, navigation and combat data distribution systems, ship-wide computer network systems, and machinery

  • USN set to prepare crews for last resort defence against cyber attack

    As the US Navy (USN) looks to protect its ships and submarines from cyber-attacks, one simple way to do that might be to unplug vessels from the network, service representatives have noted. Even though it is considered a procedure of last resort, the USN has been training its personnel on how to

  • USN must prepare for on-board power demands

    In the next 10 years, the US Navy (USN) will see its ships and systems become ever more power hungry, and the service must be ready to meet the challenge, according to Vice Admiral Thomas Moore, commander of the USN Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). However, the navy may already be there in terms

  • USN outlines ship cyber defence plan

    The US Navy is taking a number of steps to protect ship systems from cyber-attacks, including the possibility of disconnecting vessels from the navy's network. To find those potential vulnerabilities, the navy has been methodically going through each of the major combat and control systems that are

  • Indo Defence 2016: Thales offers greater involvement of local industry in TACTICOS development

    Thales is offering greater participation of local industry in the development of a TACTICOS variant should the combat management system (CMS) be selected for future Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) frigates. Speaking to IHS Jane's at the Indo Defence 2016

  • New Commission space strategy points to secure satellite communications

    The European Commission outlined on 26 October its plan for a future EU space strategy, the objectives of which include a future secure communications platform for security and defence authorities and an improved space surveillance and tracking capability to guard against cyber threats to Europe's

  • New periscope, optronic mast for Pakistan Agosta 90B submarines

    Key Points Pakistan Navy Agosta 90B submarines will be modernised with the SERO 250 periscope and OMS 200 optronic mast STM is prime contractor for the Agosta 90B upgrade Airbus DS Optronics - shortly to be rebranded under the Hensoldt imprint - is to replace the existing search and attack

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