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  • US Navy reveals plan for extended range SM-6 missile

    The US Navy (USN) has disclosed plans to fast-track the development and fielding of an extended range version of the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) missile associated with the navy’s Aegis weapon system. Known as SM-6 Block IB, the new variant is thought to be focused on improving the USN’s

  • Safran bags five-year Royal Australian Navy support contract

    Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia (SEDA) has received a contract for in-service support on the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) infrared search and track systems. The contract will run for an initial period of five years, with options to extend the service for up to 15 years.

  • Thales builds up UK naval combat facility in support of Type 31e bid

    Thales is to open a UK centre of excellence to develop its TACTICOS naval combat management system (CMS) in support of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) future Type 31e frigate programme. As part of the Babcock-led Team 31, which is proposing the Arrowhead 140 ship design to meet the Type 31e

  • US Marine Corps modifies weapons loader adapter for F-35B

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) modified support equipment to allow the guided bomb unit (GBU)-49 munition to be used on the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant. When the USMC chose GBU-49 for the F-35B, it needed a piece of

  • German MoD introduces Elettronica’s EW/Radar scenario simulator for naval application

    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) has purchased Elettronica GmbH’s self-contained integrated solution for validating, testing, and calibrating radar and electronic warfare (EW) systems, including operator training. The container-based system forms the basis of a tailored solution to be

  • US Navy awards contract to Raytheon for three AN/SPY-6(V)1 radar systems

    US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems a USD402.7 million fixed-price-incentive, firm-target contract modification, exercising options for the Air and Missile Defense Radar Program (AMDR) for low-rate initial production (LRIP) AN/SPY-6(V)1 radar systems.

  • Thales ships first modular cylindrical array for Collins submarine sonar upgrade

    Thales UK has shipped the first replacement bow sonar array for Australia’s Collins-class submarine upgrade programme. The new modular cylindrical array (MCA) will be installed on HMAS Waller as part of the Collins Sonar Capability Assurance Program (CSCAP), for which Thales was contracted in

  • Ford accepts second advanced weapons elevator

    US Navy (USN) aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) recently accepted its second advanced weapons elevator (AWE) as the service works through technological issues identified with the new equipment. The elevators have been the subject of concern for several months now. In its annual report

  • UK reveals plans to buy new N-POD floating offboard decoy for soft-kill defence

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed plans to procure a new passive offboard decoy system to provide soft-kill anti-ship missile defence for Royal Navy (RN) ships. Known as the Naval Passive Off-Board Decoy (N-POD) system, the new equipment is intended to replace the current Outfit

  • IDEX 2019: Systematic expanding Sitaware C2 software into maritime domain

    Systematic is developing a new maritime capability to add to its Sitaware command-and-control (C2) software suite, and showcased it for the first time at the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi, 17– 21 February 2019. Sitaware, used by about 40 countries, is currently focused on land operations and

  • Russia wraps up trials of Poliment-Redut SAM system on Project 22350 frigates

    The Russian Navy (VMF) has completed trials of the Poliment-Redut shipborne surface-to-air missile (SAM) system for Project 22350 frigates, navy commander-in-chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov told Russian media on 11 February. The system comprises the Poliment phased array radar and Redut vertical

  • TRS-4D radar on order for new K 130 corvettes

    German systems and sensors house Hensoldt has been contracted to provide the rotating version of its TRS-4D G-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) multifunction air/surface surveillance radar for the German Navy’s second batch of five K 130 corvettes. The move marks a significant

  • US completes final developmental ballistic missile flight test for AN/SPY-6(V) radar

    The US Navy (USN) AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) successfully tracked a ballistic missile target on 31 January during the final developmental test in a series of ballistic missile defence flight tests. During this 15th live missile flight test, designated ‘Vigilant

  • Canada awards contracts for R&D to beef up Arctic surveillance

    Matteo Natalucci, London The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) has awarded two contracts for a total of CAN46.2 million (USD34.9 million) to Raytheon Canada Limited and the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Space Flight Lab (UTIAS SFL) under the All Domain

  • USN CNO says carrier defence systems make it military’s most survivable airfield

    US aircraft carriers’ defence systems make them less vulnerable targets than in previous decades, Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations (CNO), said on 5 February during an appearance at the Atlantic Council. Technological advances will provide even stronger defences for carriers,

  • German Navy eyes new sensors, BMD for air-defence frigates

    Germany has officially begun a tender to replace the long-range SMART-L search radars fitted to the navy’s three in-service Sachsen-class (F 124) air-defence frigates, with the service also looking to introduce an expanded ballistic missile defence (BMD) capability during the sensor retrofit.

  • NATO to receive NASMDEF facility for soft-kill countermeasures assessment

    An industry team led by Leonardo is to provide NATO with a new capability to evaluate the performance of soft-kill countermeasures used to defend ships against radar-guided anti-ship cruise missiles. The new system – to be known as the NATO Anti-Ship Missile Defensive Evaluation Facility

  • DOT&E highlights weaknesses in US Navy EW system testing

    The 2018 report from the Pentagon’s Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) has called on the US Navy (USN) to address critical gaps in its ability to realistically simulate anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) seeker performance and approach profiles in support of Surface Electronic

  • US Navy to equip E-2D with MUOS satcom

    The US Navy (USN) is looking to equip the Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft with an upgraded satellite communications (satcom) suite. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced on 24 January that it intends to award Northrop Grumman

  • Japan releases audio file in ‘final statement’ on radar lock-on dispute with South Korea

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has released an 18 second audio file containing what Tokyo claims is the sound – converted from radio waves – recorded when a Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) destroyer locked its fire-control radar onto a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)

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