• Northrop Grumman conducts collaborative UUV mission at ANTX 2017

    Northrop Grumman demonstrated the ability to undertake multidomain autonomous command and control (C2) at the US Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2017, held at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Panama City Division, Florida. The company used two unmanned surface vehicles

  • Indonesia's Dirgantara N219 completes maiden flight

    Key Points Indonesia has completed the maiden flight of its N219 twin-turboprop aircraft Flight paves the way for further tests and certifications for the programme, which was originally scheduled to begin serial production in 2015 State-owned firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has flown its

  • US Navy moving towards new Air and Missile Defense Radar for destroyers

    The US Navy has completed the second in a series of ballistic missile defence flight tests for its next-generation AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced on 3 August. For the test, held on 27 July, a medium-range ballistic missile target

  • Indonesia to homeport newly commissioned Type 209/1400 submarine in Central Sulawesi

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has commissioned its first new submarine in 36 years The diesel-electric platform’s base in Central Sulawesi will give it better access to disputed maritime areas in the region The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) will

  • Harris to provide real-time advanced global ship tracking capability

    Harris Corporation is on track to have a constellation of more than 60 satellites on orbit by the end of 2018 that will carry the company’s payload of a more advanced Automatic Identification System (AIS) capability to deliver real-time data on ship locations. The system is currently

  • Hardened German stance towards Turkey includes closer scrutiny of arms exports

    Germany is reviewing relations with Ankara in a wide range of areas, including arms exports. Asked for confirmation of a 21 July report in the tabloid newspaper Bild that arms exports to Turkey were being frozen, a German Economics Ministry spokesman told Jane's on 24 July that all licences for such

  • Pentagon: MQ-4C Triton programme costs increase 17%

    Key Points Programme costs for the Navy’s MQ-4C Triton UAV are up 17% from December 2015 The programme will likely be under additional scrutiny from Congress due to cost growth Programme costs for the US Navy’s (USN) Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned maritime surveillance

  • US Navy begins search for next-generation submarine imaging mast

    Key Points The Tactically Oriented Technology Insertion Imaging Mast (TOTIM) will equip Virginia-class SSNs and Columbia-class SSBNs NAVSEA has solicited for a TOTIM first article unit and production of up to 47 follow-on systems The US Navy (USN) has launched a competition for a next-generation

  • BAE Systems to develop ability to find quiet subs

    Key Points DARPA seeks new technology to detect subs at long distances DARPA requested USD25.39 million in FY 2018 for MOCCA The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a USD4.6 million contract for its Mobile Offboard Clandestine Communications and Approach

  • Indonesia completes installation of SATCOM systems across LPDs and surface combatants

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has equipped a number of its ships with SATCOM systems Move will improve ship-to-shore and ship-to-ship communications across the service The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut) has completed the installation of Ku-band stabilised parabolic

  • SSC Pacific demos shipboard AR gunnery capability

    The US Navy (USN) is testing an augmented reality (AR) capability to improve gunfire commands between shipboard gunners and gunfire liaison officers. The service's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) in San Diego, California, has demonstrated the

  • IMDS 2017: Gidropribor debuts Mayak-2014 underwater detection sonar

    Russian underwater warfare specialist JSC Concern 'Sea Underwater Weapon - Gidropribor' displayed its Mayak-2014 target detection sonar for the first time at the 2017 International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS) in St Petersburg. "Mayak-2014 is a solution that provides automated detection and

  • IMDS 2017: Zaslon ready to install new multifunctional radar on future Russian surface combatants

    Russian electronic warfare specialist JSC Zaslon said the company is ready to install a new generation of multipurpose radars on future Russian surface combatants. Speaking to Jane’s at the International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS) in St Petersburg, industry sources confirmed that the Zaslon

  • 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 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

  • MAST Asia 2017: NEC introduces second-generation underwater invasion warning system

    NEC Corporation has developed an improved variant of its sonar-based underwater invasion warning system (UIWS). Speaking at the MAST Asia 2017 exhibition in Tokyo, Makoto Ogawa, a member of the corporation's Radio Application Division, said that the new model will provide a more reliable deterrent

  • Lockheed Martin eyes European opportunities for CMS 330

    Ottawa-based Lockheed Martin Canada is experiencing increased international demand for the Combat Management System (CMS) 330. The Chilean Navy has selected the CMS 330 for the upgrade of its ex-Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigates on 23 May and the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) awarded Lockheed Martin

  • Northrop Grumman's BlueWASP eases burden on radar operators

    Northrop Grumman announced in May that it has been demonstrating its BlueWASP (Wide Area Situational Processor) system to the US Navy (USN). The system is designed to improve situational awareness for radar analysts and operators, drawing their attention to developments in the sea space by

  • Beijing plans underwater monitoring system in East and South China seas, says report

    China plans to build a massive underwater monitoring system that will cover the disputed East and South China seas, according to a 29 May report by the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post (SCMP) newspaper. The central government in Beijing recently approved the CNY2 billion (USD293 million)

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