Ukraine conflict: UK to donate AUVs to Ukraine for mine clearance
01 September 2022
by Kate Tringham & Alex Pape
The UK is donating six AUVs to Ukraine to help with mine clearance. (UK MoD/Crown Copyright)
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced plans to donate mine-hunting autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to Ukraine to help the country clear its coastline of Russian mines.
Ahead of delivery, Ukrainian personnel are also being trained to operate the systems, the MoD said.
Since the United Nations brokered a deal with Russia and Ukraine in July to enable commercial ships to safely export foodstuffs from Ukraine through the Black Sea, a small number of ships carrying grain have left Ukraine. However, the effort continues to be hampered by sea mines laid by Russian forces along Ukraine's coast.
To support Ukraine's efforts to conduct mine clearance of its waterways, the MoD said six AUVs will be donated for mine detection, including three that will be provided from UK stocks and three that will be purchased from industry.
Raytheon Missiles and Defense announced that its version of the sea-based Glide Phase Interceptor (GPI) completed the systems requirements review – prototype (SRR-P) benchmark in mid-September.
In June, the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) selected Northrop Grumman and Raytheon to continue developing GPI technology to defend against hypersonic weapons. Each company received a USD41.4 million contract modification that covers work till mid-February 2023, to include the SRR-P.
Patrick Hollen, with Strategic Missile Defense Requirements and Capabilities at Raytheon Missiles and Defense, told
the MDA conducted this multiday review the week of September 12. This “successful” completion will potentially lead to a preliminary design review and a critical design review of the prototype, but a definitive schedule has not been negotiated, Hollen said.
“The preliminary design review is dependent on many factors like scheduling of the government and desires of the government, money allocated in the FYDP [Future Years Defense Program], [and] those types of things,” he added during a 21 September interview.
For now, the company is continuing to work with the agency on GPI prototype development, Hollen said.
Tandanor completes overhaul work on Argentine naval ships
21 September 2022
by Tim Fish
(P-42) recently received an overhaul of ship systems.
(Argentina Ministry of Defense)
The Argentine Espora-class corvette ARA
(P-42) and the multi-purpose patrol ship ARA
Ciudad de Rosario
(Q-62) returned to operations this month following the completion of upgrades and overhauls at the Argentine shipyard, Tandanor, the company confirmed.
is 91 m long, 11 m wide, displacing 1,623.9 tonnes, and was commissioned in 1987. It is the second of six Espora-class corvettes built in Argentina by Río Santiago Shipyard with the MEKO 140A16 design from German shipbuilder Blohm+Voss.
The full hull revitalisation of the
hull included water blasting and a triple-painting process that combines epoxy, sealant, and anti-fouling paints, the shipyard told
The yard overhauled 180 valves and replaced another 20. The ship received additional sheet metal work on port and starboard decks and cabins. The yard also installed new railings and 100 m of new piping.
Safran unveils NGDS contender for UK EWCM competition
21 September 2022
by Richard Scott
Computer render of NGDS Configuration D. (Safran)
Safran Electronics & Defense has revealed details of a new variant of its New Generation Dagaie System (NGDS) trainable decoy launcher engineered for compatibility with NATO standard 130 mm countermeasures rounds.
The system, known internally as NGDS Configuration D, is being bid for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Electronic Warfare Counter Measures (EWCM) Increment 1a requirement. EWCM forms part of the RN's overarching Maritime Electronic Warfare Programme (MEWP), which is intended to recapitalise surface ship electronic surveillance, electronic warfare command-and-control, and soft-kill anti-ship missile defence.
NGDS uses a two-axis launcher capable of training in both azimuth and elevation to achieve optimum placement of the soft-kill decoy payload effect. The original 12-round launcher developed by Safran for the French Navy is compatible with Lacroix Defense 150 mm calibre SEALEM and SEALIR decoy rockets, respectively, deploying advanced radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) payloads.
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