• No hand at the helm: US Navy pushes ahead with unmanned surface vessel development

    The USN is accelerating its bid to field a new fleet of unmanned surface vessels that could interact with the rest of the force in tactical situations. Christopher P Cavas reports A corvette-like vessel manoeuvres on a distant sea, periodically changing course and speeds to get into a firing

  • Thales under contract for F-110 ASW sonar suite

    Thales has been contracted to provide the integrated anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sonar suites for the Spanish Navy’s five new F-110 frigates. A contract valued at EUR165.5 million (USD184.3 million) was awarded by prime contractor Navantia on 11 December 2019. Navantia and the Ministry of

  • Indra signs contract with Lockheed Martin to supply S-band radar components for Spanish F-110 frigates

    Indra has signed a contract worth more than EUR150 million with Lockheed Martin to supply some of the main components of the S-band radar for the Spanish Navy’s five new F-110 frigates. Announcing the deal on 12 September, the company said it forms part of an overall package for the

  • Newport News Shipbuilding shifts focus to Kennedy elevators

    Work to alleviate the Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWEs) problems that have plagued lead ship aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) should proceed more easily on the second ship of the class, John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), said Mike Butler, CVN 79 programme director for Newport News Shipbuilding,

  • First Indonesian PKR frigate completes combat systems upgrade

    Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) and its Indonesian partner PT PAL have completed the embodiment, integration, and test of a package of combat system enhancements on the first of the Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut [TNI-AL]) two SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal

  • Type 45 power supply upgrade delayed

    Work to install a third electrical generator into the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 45 destroyers will now not start until next year. Delays to preparatory work at Portsmouth naval base are blamed for the Type 45 Power Improvement Project (PIP) falling behind schedule, according to a UK

  • New Zealand begins infrastructure work to accommodate future P-8A Poseidon aircraft fleet

    New Zealand has begun construction work to accommodate the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF’s) future fleet of four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multi-mission aircraft (MMA) at RNZAF Base Ohakea. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Wellington announced on 29 November that Defence

  • High-speed 3D printing technology to be trialled for RAN patrol boat maintenance

    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) is funding a two-year, AUD1.5 million (USD1.02 million) trial to assess the ability of a uniquely-fast 3D printer to improve the availability of parts for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) fleet of Armidale-class patrol boats. The

  • Leonardo completes live sea trials for ULISSES anti-submarine warfare suite

    Leonardo announced it has completed live sea trails of new Ultra-Light Sonics Enhanced System (ULISSES) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) suite and expects to finalise development by the end of the year, enabling marketing and production to start in 2020. “At-sea demonstrating campaigns for

  • DSEI Japan 2019: Mitsubishi Electric‘s JTPS-P80 coastal surveillance radar enters service with JGSDF

    The Mitsubishi Electric JTPS-P80 coastal surveillance radar has entered service with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). A JGSDF official told Jane’s at 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 exhibition in Chiba that the radar, which can also be mounted on a truck, was commissioned by the

  • Rohde & Schwarz delivers communications suite on Malaysia’s Lekiu class

    Rohde & Schwarz has completed the installation of an internet protocol (IP)-based communication system on board the Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN’s) Lekiu-class frigates. The system, known as the NAVICS IP integrated communication system (ICS), was installed as part of a contract with

  • USN begins AN/SPN-50 radar testing

    The US Navy (USN) has begun land-based testing of its new AN/SPN-50(V)1 Shipboard Air Traffic Radar (SATR) at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Webster Outlying Field (NAWCAD WOLF) facility in St Inigoes, Maryland, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has disclosed. Managed by

  • India marks milestone in indigenous development of submarine AIP system

    India has successfully operationalised a land-based prototype (LBP) of an indigenously developed air independent propulsion (AIP) system, the country’s defence ministry announced on 30 October. The LBP, which has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s

  • Northrop Grumman begins testing of SEWIP Block 3 hardware

    Northrop Grumman has revealed that it has begun testing of engineering development model (EDM) hardware developed under the US Navy’s (USN’s) Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 programme. The company said it is “on track” for the targeted

  • NRL’s multifunction RF testbed demonstrates antenna sharing and pattern capabilities

    Northrop Grumman and the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have demonstrated simultaneous multifunction radio frequency (RF) resource management and antenna sharing during testing of a prototype system at NRL’s test facility in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. The Low-Level Resource Allocation

  • KraitSense ASW towed sonar tested in NATO REP(MUS) experiment

    UK-based maritime systems group SEA has successfully completed sea trials of its KraitSense thin-line passive sonar system as part of the recent NATO Recognized Environmental Picture augmented by Maritime Unmanned Systems REP(MUS) 2019 experiment. Installed on board a Portuguese Navy offshore

  • South Korea deploys indigenously developed coastal radar

    South Korea has operationalised the first example of an indigenously developed coastal surveillance radar, the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 30 October. The system, which has been referred to by DAPA as the Maritime Surveillance Radar-II, was

  • RAN decommissions final Adelaide-class frigate

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) last operational Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate, HMAS Melbourne , was decommissioned in a ceremony held on 26 October at its home port of Fleet Base East, Garden Island in Sydney. During its 27 years in service the 4,260-tonne frigate (pennant

  • Maxar to open St Louis facility to support US NGA

    Maxar Technologies, a space technology company based near Denver, Colorado, plans to open a new facility in St Louis, Missouri, in January to handle its growing workload for the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The 10,500 sq ft facility will initially have 48 employees, most of

  • MADEX 2019: Integrated mast options emerge for Korea’s KDDX

    Models of two new integrated mast designs for South Korea’s Next-Generation Destroyer (KDDX) programme were shown by LIG Nex1 and Hanwha Defense at the MADEX show in Busan. The separately developed designs incorporate a range of sensors – most prominently fixed X- and S-band

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