Surface Navy 2023: US Navy frigate variable depth sonar focus shifts to manufacturing

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.


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Indonesia begins contract negotiations for two Scorpene Evolved submarines

by Ridzwan Rahmat

An Indian Navy Scorpene submarine. Indonesia has begun negotiations to procure the Scorpene Evolved variant of the boat, which will be equipped with lithium ion batteries. (Naval Group)

Representatives from French shipbuilder Naval Group have arrived in Jakarta to begin contract negotiations for two lithium ion batteries-equipped Scorpene Evolved diesel-electric submarines (SSKs).

Separate sources have confirmed to Janes


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German frigate successfully intercepts Houthi attack UAVs in Red Sea

by Kate Tringham & Alex Pape

Hessen 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. (Bundeswehr/Julia Kelm)

The German Navy's Type 124 Sachsen-class air-defence frigate FGS Hessen (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.


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Spanish Navy deploys counter-UAV system on Santa María-class frigate for the first time

by Neil Dee

The Santa María-class frigate Canarias 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.


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