• Naval research effort seeks Li-ion replacement

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has developed a family of zinc-based batteries that could provide a safer and more affordable alternative to lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries (LIBs). The US Navy (USN) has been seeking an alternative to fire-prone LIBs and concerns about LIBs have led the

  • Russia's Northern Fleet first to receive newest EW systems

    Russia's Northern Fleet (Severnyy Flot: SF) is the first to receive the new 'Svet' and 'Samarkand' electronic warfare (EW) systems, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 15 April. SF EW Chief of Staff Captain Valery Lukoyanov revealed that the systems already entered service early in 2017 and

  • Royal Thai Navy expands networked naval simulation capability with new Rheinmetall system

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has acquired a naval warfare training simulator (NWTS) from Rheinmetall. The system, which will be used to train RTN personnel for naval combat scenarios such as the prosecution of surface, aerial and underwater targets, and mine countermeasures operations, is scheduled to

  • Indian Navy receives locally developed submarine sonar suite, inertial navigation system

    Indian defence minister Arun Jaitley handed over three indigenously developed systems to the Indian Navy (IN) on 24 March, India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said. Developed by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the naval systems presented to IN Chief of Staff Admiral

  • US Navy's minehunting Knifefish UUV swims through new test round

    The General Dynamics Mission Systems Knifefish team completed "a comprehensive evaluation" of Knifefish, an autonomous surface mine countermeasure unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) the company is developing for the US Navy. Knifefish, which is designed to detect buried and bottom mines, is

  • Katfish synthetic aperture sonar completes first sea trials

    Canadian marine technology company Kraken Sonar has completed Phase 1 sea trials of its new Katfish towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) system. Follow-on Phase 2 testing will complete development and qualification prior to delivery to the launch customer before the end of April 2017. The system is

  • Low intensity, high capability: OPVs promise balance in requirements and budgets

    As offshore patrol vessels become more popular with navies around the world, they are adding operational value to lower-end tasks. Dr Lee Willett reports The offshore patrol vessel (OPV) provides an interesting case study of how navies around the world are attempting to balance the numerous and

  • Seven-year anti-ship missile defence programme completed for RAN's Anzac-class frigates

    Work has been completed on the AUD650 million (USD488 million) anti-ship missile defence (ASMD) upgrade of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) eight Anzac-class frigates, contractor BAE Systems disclosed on 9 March. HMAS Stuart , the final ship to complete the 12-month upgrade at the company's

  • Saab reveals CoastControl system

    Saab Technologies has developed an integrated command-and-control (C2) system that leverages Netherlands Coast Guard (Nederlandse Kustwacht: NCG) concept of operations, and showcased it at the 2017 International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi. The Saab CoastControl coastguard

  • Standalone MASS decoy system takes shape

    Rheinmetall has unveiled a standalone version of its Multi-Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) expendable countermeasures suite to meet the short-term needs of disadvantaged units otherwise without self-protection. Known as MASS Stand Alone with Sensor Suite, the system combines a number of decoy

  • Australia poised for GPS diver navigation system trials

    Key Points MUNS enables a navy divers to establish and maintain their position Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden are also interested in acquiring a MUNS capability Australia and the United States are leading a six-nation effort to investigate the possible joint procurement of a

  • UK plans ORCA project to upgrade MCM command information

    Key Points ORCA seeks to update the command system fitted to RN Hunt-class and Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels The project has been assigned Category C status, indicating an estimated value of GBP20-100 million The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to launch a competition for the

  • Lockheed Martin awaiting USCG decision to provide C4ISR systems for OPC

    Key Points Lockheed Martin is participating in USCG C4ISR system development activities The NSC and OPC C4ISR systems are similar except for defence operations Lockheed Martin expects to learn this year how much of their C4ISR capabilities, already in use on the US Coast Guard's (USCG's) National

  • NISL, Terma to provide new surface surveillance radar to Indian Navy

    Key Points Terma's Scanter 6000 radar is being supplied to meet the SSR requirement Nova Integrated Systems Limited will manufacture the radars in-country under the 'Buy and Make (India)' policy initiative The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a contract to Nova Integrated Systems

  • Danish navy to introduce new CWI transmitters

    Thales has been contracted by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) to deliver 14 Continuous Wave Illumination (CWI) transmitters for integration in existing Saab CEROS 200 radar/electro-optical fire control systems fitted to the Royal Danish Navy's two Absalon-class

  • SideArm undergoes successful testing

    Aurora Flight Sciences has successfully tested a full-scale technology demonstrator of the SideArm unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) retrieval system. Video of the tests released by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) shows several instances of the SideArm system capturing a 400 lb

  • US Navy sticks with AAG as future carrier arrestor system

    Senior US Navy (USN) officials have confirmed that the service will install the new Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system on the future USS John F Kennedy (CVN 79) and subsequent Ford-class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers after ruling out a return to the legacy Mk 7 Mod 4 recovery system.

  • DARPA awards Raytheon Phase II contract for MAD-FIRES guided projectile concept

    Raytheon Missile Systems has been selected by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to execute the next phase of the Multi Azimuth Defense Fast Intercept Round Engagement System (MAD-FIRES) programme. Designed to improve ship survivability in high threat environments, the

  • 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

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