DroneShield takes aim at emerging C-UUV and diver detection requirements with SonarOne

by Gerrard Cowan

DroneShield has expanded its range of C-UAS products with the SonarOne system, its first underwater detection device. (DroneShield)

DroneShield's new SonarOne underwater threat detection system is designed to provide an easily operated sonar product that can detect multiple targets simultaneously, with the developer responding to growing naval demands for counter-unmanned underwater vehicle (C-UUV) and diver detection technology, the company told Janes.

SonarOne was announced in early September and is part of the company's DroneSentry autonomous fixed suite of sensors and countermeasures, which also incorporates radar and company technology like DroneOpt cameras and RfOne RF detectors. The sonar and other DroneSentry sensors can also be used with the company's DroneOptIde AI-driven computer vision technology.

SonarOne can be deployed underwater as part of a DroneSentry suite at a port or a harbour as a node within a multisensory suite. It can also be used as a standalone system and can be deployed from ships as well as fixed sites.

The new product is the first sonar device developed by DroneShield, which has until now largely focused on threats like unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and electronic warfare (EW).

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Indonesia holds offset talks with Abeking & Rasmussen for new hydrographic ship

by Ridzwan Rahmat

KRI Rigel , one of four survey ships operated by the Indonesian Navy. The service is looking to procure an ocean-going survey vessel and has held talks with Abeking & Rasmussen to understand possible offset arrangements. (Indonesian Navy Office of Public Communications (DISPENAL))

Indonesia's Ministry of Defense (MoD) held a virtual meeting with German shipbuilder Abeking & Rasmussen to discuss the possible procurement of an ocean-going hydrographic vessel.

According to meeting documents provided to Janes by a government source, the event was held virtually on 3 September.

The meeting was headed by Director General of Defense Potential, Brigadier General Aribowo Teguh Santoso, while Abeking & Rasmussen officials were accompanied by representatives from the company's local agent PT Agrapana Nugraha Katara.

Also present during the meeting were representatives from Indonesian shipbuilders, PT Palindo Marine, PT Batamec, and PT Bandar Abadi, state-owned electronics company PT Len, and the deans of the machining and electro-informatics faculties at the Bandung Institute of Technology.

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UK MoD flags surplus ships for sale

by Richard Scott

Three RFA vessels are among the Royal Navy ships being advertised for sale, including ex-RFA Fort Austin (pictured), which is now laid up in Birkenhead with sister ship ex-RFA Fort Rosalie. (NAVYPIX/Richard Scott)

Frigates, mine countermeasures (MCM) vessels, fast craft, hovercraft, and auxiliary ships are among equipment being offered for sale by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

A sales brochure released by the MoD's Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) earlier this month revealed details of over 10 Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessels being offered for onward sale and potential further service. DESA is the organisation within the MoD responsible for managing the sale and transfer of surplus British Armed Forces military equipment.

Among the ships being offered for sale are RN Sandown-class minehunters, which will be phased out of service by the end of 2025 as a new generation of autonomous MCM systems begin to enter service. Ex-HMS Blyth and ex-HMS Ramsey, decommissioned at Rosyth in August 2021, are already earmarked for transfer to the Ukrainian Navy, following refits by Babcock.

A further five vessels – HMS Penzance , HMS Pembroke , HMS Grimsby

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Australia may lease submarines as it awaits delivery of nuclear-powered boats

by Ridzwan Rahmat

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) may be operating leased submarines while it awaits the delivery of its new nuclear-powered boats.

The matter was confirmed by Australia's Minister for Defence Peter Dutton in an interview with Sky News, the transcript for which was released by the defence ministry on 20 September.

Leaders of the US, the UK, and Australia announced the establishment of a new security partnership on 15 September known as AUKUS. The first initiative under the partnership will be to collaborate on developing a nuclear-powered submarine fleet for the RAN.

Australia operates a fleet of six Collins-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) that were commissioned between the late-1990s and early-2000s.

Given the age of the boats, there are concerns that the RAN might face a capability gap from the time the Collins-class SSKs are no longer operational till the nuclear-powered boats come into service in the late-2030s.

According to Dutton, discussions on whether Australia would lease submarines as an interim measure will be held as part of talks with the US and the UK over the next 12–18 months.

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