Surface Navy 2023: US Navy frigate variable depth sonar focus shifts to manufacturing
23 January 2023
by Michael Fabey
With US Navy (USN) Constellation-class guided-missile frigate (FFG 62) shipbuilding under way, Thales' Advanced Acoustic Concepts is now looking to ramp up its own manufacturing capacity and resources for the ships' combined active/passive towed-array sonar (CAPTAS) variable depth sonar system, according to Mark Bock, vice-president of Advanced Acoustic Concepts for Strategy and Business Development.
“We are standing up US manufacturing,” Bock told Janes on 10 January during the Surface Navy Association (SNA) national symposium.
The variable depth sonar system will have to be ready in time to ensure the frigates' on-time delivery and operational commitments, he said.
German frigate successfully intercepts Houthi attack UAVs in Red Sea
01 March 2024
by Kate Tringham & Alex Pape
is pictured departing Wilhelmshaven naval base on 8 February to join the EU's new maritime security mission to protect commercial shipping in the Red Sea.
The German Navy's Type 124 Sachsen-class air-defence frigate FGS
(F 221) successfully repelled two one-way attack unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the Red Sea launched by Yemen-based Ansar Allah (commonly known as the Houthis) militants on 27 February.
Spanish Navy deploys counter-UAV system on Santa María-class frigate for the first time
28 February 2024
by Neil Dee
The Santa María-class frigate
with the now-removed Meroka CIWS above the hangar. The frigate has embarked a counter-UAV system for the first time.
(Spanish Ministry of Defence)
The Spanish Navy has deployed a counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system on the Santa María-class frigate Canarias (F 86) for the first time ahead of the frigate's deployment to European Union Naval Force's (EU NAVFOR's) Operation ‘Atalanta' in the Indian Ocean.
The situation in Yemen is particularly complex. Even before the start of the attacks on shipping in November 2023 by Ansar Allah (commonly known as the Houthis), the country has been of interest to many. A large-scale humanitarian crisis has em...