• UK awards contracts to explore Intelligent Ship technologies

    The UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is seed funding nine companies – including Frazer-Nash Consultancy (FNC), Roke Manor Research, and Thales UK – to explore and mature artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and automation technologies applicable to operating and

  • USN conducts more successful EMALS and AAG tests on carrier Ford

    With a roar, the F/A-18F Super Hornet zipped down the front of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on 22 January, the first full afterburner catapult shot off the ship of an aircraft in what that US Navy calls a ‘5-wet configuration’, outfitted as a tanker

  • US Navy explores new Advanced Electronic Warfare suite options

    The US Navy (USN) has begun to explore options for a next-generation Advanced Electronic Warfare (ADVEW) suite to equip in-service F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-borne strikefighters and a follow-on naval tactical aircraft. In a request for information (RFI) released on 15 January, US Naval Air

  • LCS 3 gets set for key ASW mission module tests

    The US Navy (USN) Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) will sail to Hawaii in February to begin developmental testing (DT) of the LCS anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission package. Testing in the waters of the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) will demonstrate

  • Pentagon announces replacement for F-35’s ALIS

    Key Points The US Department of Defense (DoD) will replace the F-35’s Autonomic Logistics Information System with a new effort A Pentagon watchdog believes the DoD is paying Lockheed Martin to fix something it should have properly provided earlier in the programme The Pentagon is replacing

  • RNLAF air operations control station receives SMART-L radar

    The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) air operations control station (AOCS) in Nieuw Milligen received the Signaal Multibeam Acquisition Radar for Targeting-Long range (SMART-L) in Wier, Friesland, on 16 January, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 17 January. The radar will

  • Chinese navy trialling new search radar

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is undertaking trials on a new search radar that may be intended for use on a future class of surface combatant or for retrofitting to current frigates and some destroyers. The radar has been installed on the Type 909A (Dahua-) class trials

  • Surface Navy 2020: MIDS on Ship programme poised for full-rate production

    MIDS on Ship (MOS) programme, a BAE System platform designed to enable US Navy warships to employ Link 16 tactical datalink communications across domains through Data Link Solutions’ Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems (MIDS JTRS), is poised to begin

  • US Marine Corps set sights on info ops with new command-level units

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) hopes to enhance its new cadre of command-level information operations (IO) units among component commands throughout the US armed forces’ regional combatant commands, as part of a wider Pentagon effort to gain the upper hand in increasingly competitive information

  • Leonardo to provide RAT 31 DL/M radar system to Indonesian Air Force

    Italian defence group Leonardo has signed a contract with Indonesian company PT Len Industri (Persero) to provide an RAT 31DL/M long-range, 3D air-defence radar system for the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU). The TNI-AU will operate the L-band,

  • Chinese Type 052D destroyer fitted with possible anti-ship missile decoy launchers

    Images have emerged of a Chinese Type 052D (Luyang III)-class destroyer fitted with what appears to be an anti-ship missile countermeasures system. The photographs, which were taken during the nine-day ‘Sea Guardian 2020’ maritime exercise between the People’s Liberation Army Navy

  • Pentagon seeks proposals for future Pilot Training Next prototypes

    Key Points The Pentagon has issued a solicitation to further its Pilot Training Next work Desired technologies include network and data architecture and simulation environment The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) is soliciting proposals from industry to build upon the

  • Surface Navy 2020: USN expects Ford weapons elevators work to be done next year

    The four operational Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWEs) on aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) have performed 5,000 cycles and the US Navy (USN) expects work on all 11 to be done in the first half of 2021, according to Captain Ron Rutan, CVN 78 Class programme manager. “We’ll be

  • IronVision trialled on Challenger 2 Streetfighter II

    The IronVision situational awareness system has been trialled on a modified Challenger 2 Streetfighter II for the first time, according to Elbit Systems. The trials were conducted in early December 2019 and began with familiarisation for the crew at the UK’s Copehill Down urban operations

  • Belgium receives Squire radar from Netherlands

    Belgium has received nine Squire battlefield surveillance radar from the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Belgian MoD announced on its website 10 January. The ministry said the radar will replace Belgium’s current EL-1205 battlefield surveillance radar, which date back to 1987 and

  • SimCentric develops new range-planning software

    Training with live ammunition is a critical element of ground forces training, but live-fire training has an inescapable risk factor and there is a small but steady worldwide casualty rate from live-fire training accidents. The risks can be mitigated by careful planning of danger areas and

  • Surface Navy 2020: Lockheed Martin picks up CSEA role for SSDS after GAO denies protest

    Lockheed Martin has commenced Combat System Engineering Agent (CSEA) activity for the US Navy’s (USN’s) Ship Self Defense System (SSDS) after a protest filed by rival company Raytheon was denied. The SSDS Mk 2, which is fitted to USN aircraft carriers and large deck amphibious ships, is

  • Block 2 IRST flies on Super Hornet

    The US Navy (USN) and Boeing have flown the new Block 2 infrared search and track (IRST) long-range passive targeting pod on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft. The flight, which was announced by Boeing on 15 January, took place in late 2019. The IRST is currently in its risk-reduction

  • Indonesian Navy requests anti-submarine, surface kits for five more Panthers

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has submitted requests to equip five more Panther helicopters with anti-submarine, surface warfare capabilities The service has thus far received 10 of the 11 helicopters it ordered in 2014 The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia: TNI-AL) has submitted a

  • Surface Navy 2020: AN/SPY-6(V)4 ready for backfit installations

    The Raytheon AN/SPY-6(V)4 radar suite is ready to be backfit on the DDG 51 Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, Scott Spence, the company’s senior director of naval radar systems, told Jane’s. “We can start immediately,” Spence said during an interview

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