• Combat systems testing starts for French FDI frigate

    Combat management system (CMS) and sensor trials for the French Navy’s future Fregate de defense et d’intervention (FDI) frigates are set to start next month, the Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) has confirmed. During a 27 September briefing, the DGA said the SETIS

  • AUSA 2019: Digital engineering expands across programmatic life

    Digital engineering is being expanded beyond platforms and systems to include acquisition, operations, and even end-of-life disposals, according to SAIC engineers focusing on that field. “We look across the lifecycle,” Kim Nunn, SAIC chief systems engineer, solutions architect and

  • Images emerge of naval variant of China's Z-20 helicopter

    The first clear images of a naval variant of China’s Z-20 tactical helicopter have emerged on Chinese online forums. The platform features several significant differences from the variant used by the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF), more details of which emerged during the

  • ONR awards contracts for long-endurance soft-kill decoy payloads

    The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded small-scale 12-month concept-design contracts for radio frequency (RF) and electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) payloads intended to equip a next-generation expendable offboard decoy system able to stay airborne on station for at least one hour. Known

  • Arms and Security 2019: Ukraine’s Yuzhnoye introduces new supersonic ASM development

    Key Points Design bureau Yuzhnoye has detailed its progress on a new Ukrainian ASM called the Bliskavka The missile is designed to exceed the performance of the Russian Kh-31 ASM Ukrainian design bureau Yuzhnoye has revealed the next phase of a previously unannounced programme to develop a

  • RAN to equip ships with Hawklink digital datalink system

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is to implement the Hawklink Ku-band digital datalink system on major surface fleet units, informed sources told Jane's on 10 October. When operational, the 10 MB per second uni-directional Hawklink system will enable the real-time transmission to the ships of

  • Safran contracted for key systems for Project SEA 1000 submarines

    Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia has been contracted to design three major combat system components for Australia’s Future Submarine programme. The AUD36.77 million (USD24.8 million) contract, announced by Lockheed Martin Australia and the Australian Department of Defence on 8

  • Pacific 2019: DSIT launches SwordFish towed array sonar for export market

    Key Points DSIT has received approval to market a lightweight anti-submarine sonar system to international customers The system allows operators to conduct anti-submarine patrols from vessels as light as 400 tonnes Israeli company DSIT Solutions has received approval from its government to export

  • Squadron 2020 order marks first for Saab’s SLIM integrated sensor mast

    Saab has confirmed that the four new Pohjanmaa-class corvettes being procured by Finland under the Squadron 2020 corvette programme will be the first ships to receive the company’s SLIM [Saab Lightweight Integrated Mast] integrated sensor mast. Finland’s Defence Forces Logistics Command

  • NATO exercise explores unmanned and underwater connectivity

    NATO pushed the boundaries of the Janus underwater communications protocol during its Recognised Environmental Picture (Maritime Unmanned Systems) – REP(MUS) – exercise held off the Troia Peninsula in Portugal from 11–27 September 2019. Janus is an open-source communications

  • Philippines broadens Tarlac class’ operational capabilities with deck landing trials

    Key Points The Philippine Navy has carried deck landing trials for several helicopter types on its Tarlac-class strategic sealift vessel The trials aim to broaden the types of mission sets that can be conducted from the ships In a bid to expand on the range of operations that can be conducted

  • DSEI 2019: Rohde & Schwarz showcases NAVICS, reveals T26 involvement

    Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) announced at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London inform 10 to 13 September that it had been awarded a contract by prime contractor BAE Systems to supply integrated communications systems (ICS) for the UK Royal

  • DSEI 2019: Rheinmetall reveals total ship training concept

    Rheinmetall is developing a total ship training concept using networked simulators, and showcased the idea at DSEI 2019 in London in September. Florian Zimmer, Rheinmetall international sales manager for maritime and process solutions, told Jane’s that while much naval individual and team

  • DSEI 2019: Systematic previews improvements to dismounted, maritime SitaWare software

    Systematic is developing a new version of SitaWare Edge, the dismounted version of its SitaWare command-and-control software suite, and it provided an early sight of some of these at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London in September. Systematic

  • DSEI 2019: Hensoldt unveils Mk5 SharpEye radar

    Hensoldt (formerly Kelvin Hughes) showcased a new variant of its SharpEye solid state X band Doppler navigation radar designed for integration on small vessels at the Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London. According to the company, the Mk5 open array 80W

  • Canada orders ship-to-shore connectors

    Montreal-based shipyard Navamar Inc has been awarded a CAN12 million (USD9 million) contract to build five ship-to-shore connector systems for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Awarded after a competitive process as part of the overall Joint Support Ship project budget, the modular and configurable

  • Hanwha to incorporate anti-submarine capabilities on Philippine Navy’s Del Pilar-class vessels

    South Korean defence company Hanwha Systems will incorporate a hull-mounted sonar (HMS) system on each of the Philippine Navy’s Del Pilar (Hamilton and Hero) class as part of a contract to upgrade the ships. The PHP1.5 billion (USD28 million) contract, which was signed in late August, also

  • DSIT wins contract to supply bow-mounted sonar to Asian navy

    Israeli systems house DSIT, a subsidiary of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, has secured a new contract for a bow-mounted medium-frequency sonar system. The company revealed on 28 August that an undisclosed Asian navy had procured the bow-mounted Blackfish anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sonar for a

  • TRS-4D AESA radar accepted by US Navy

    The US Navy (USN) has taken delivery of the first Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) equipped with the Hensoldt TRS-4D G-band rotating active electronically scanned array (AESA) multifunction radar – and disclosed the nomenclature AN/SPS-80 for the type. Accepted from prime contractor

  • SSDS contract secures Lockheed Martin role as USN surface-fleet combat manager

    Lockheed Martin’s recent contract win to provide combat system engineering support on the Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS) has put the company squarely on course to be the surface-fleet combat system manager for the US Navy (USN). SSDS is the combat management system for USN aircraft carrier

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