• US Navy demonstration converts heat into sound

    The US Navy has demonstrated a sonar made from carbon nanotubes, called a thermophore, that takes heat and converts it into sound without any moving parts. The demonstration was conducted using a small unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) during the annual Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX)

  • USN, JFD develop combat-navigation module for divers

    The US Navy (USN) Naval Surface Warfare Center – Panama City Division and subsea-capability provider James Fisher and Sons’ JFD have developed an advanced hands-free combat diver navigation module called Shadow Nav. Designed to help divers conduct accurate underwater navigation missions

  • Lockheed Martin’s eCASS will support F-35C in 2020

    Key Points Lockheed Martin’s eCASS automated test equipment will support the F-35C in 2020 eCASS is designed to enable aircraft to return to operational status quickly and efficiently Lockheed Martin’s electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS) will support the F-35C

  • BEL awarded USD1.28 billion order for LRSAM systems for the Indian Navy

    India’s public-sector company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) announced on 5 September that it has been awarded orders worth INR92 billion (USD1.28 billion) from two Indian shipyards to supply seven Barak-8 (also known as the Barak LR) area-defence missile systems to the Indian Navy (IN).

  • Vigy Engage selected for Project SEA 1180 OPVs

    Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia has been selected by Saab Australia to provide the latest version of its Vigy Engage electro-optical surveillance and fire control multisensor system as part of the situational awareness suite to equip 12 new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) being procured

  • First wideband Sonar 2093 minehunting sonar accepted by RN

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has formally accepted into service a new wideband version of the Sonar 2093 variable depth minehunting sonar following the successful completion of first-of-class sea trials on the Sandown-class minehunter HMS Grimsby. Thales UK was in 2015 awarded a GBP33.5 million (USD43.1

  • USN awards cruiser USS Cowpens modernisation contract

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command awarded General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company a USD147.7 million firm-fixed-price contract to overhaul and upgrade the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) on 14 August. This long-term availability will include a

  • ONR commences FXR radar studies

    The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has contracted Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon to perform initial studies in support of the US Navy’s (USN’s) Future X-band Radar (FXR) development. Intended as a retrofit to existing ships, as well as a forward fit for new construction

  • Scanter 6002 radar selected for Australia’s SEA 1180 OPVs

    Australia’s SEA 1180 Phase 1 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) will be equipped with the Scanter 6002 air and surface surveillance radar system from Terma. A contract for the system was signed between Saab Australia and Terma in May 2018, the latter revealed in an announcement in late July the

  • Indonesia restores damaged sonar on Diponegoro-class corvette

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has restored the hull-mounted sonar system of its Diponegoro (Sigma)-class corvette that ran aground in January 2015. The vessel, KRI Frans Kaisiepo (368), ran aground while navigating the Surabaya Western Shipping Route (Alur

  • Lockheed Martin to provide radar for Japan’s Aegis Ashore BMD systems

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on 30 July that it has selected the Lockheed Martin Solid State Radar (SSR) for the two land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems, which the country plans to install. The two radars will cost a total of about JPY248 billion (USD2.3

  • Indonesia reveals details of Chinese sensors installed onboard KCR-60M vessels

    Key Points Indonesia has installed Chinese-made fire-control, search radars on two of its KCR-60M fast attack craft Equipment provides vessels with a more potent defence against hostile aircraft and precision-guided munitions In line with the installation of Type 630 30 mm close-in weapon system

  • LCS anti-submarine warfare mission package completes testing milestones

    A Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission package system recently successfully completed two testing milestones, the US Navy (USN) Unmanned and Small Combatants Program Executive Office said on 16 July. The Dual-mode Array Transmitter (DART) Mission System Towed Body and

  • First BQM-177A target delivered to US Navy

    The Unmanned Systems Division of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has handed over the first production BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target (SSAT) to the US Navy (USN). A formal rollout event was performed on 11 July in McClellan, California, in conjunction with the USN. Actual handover of the

  • Indian Navy destroyer INS Delhi receives extensive combat systems makeover during MLU

    The Indian Navy’s Project 15 destroyer INS Delhi is receiving a major combat system upgrade as part of its ongoing mid-life upgrade (MLU). Imagery analysis suggests Delhi had entered its MLU cycle at Naval Dockyard Mumbai by May 2017 and work is currently ongoing. Under the destroyer’s

  • Indian Navy to trial new ESM system on Kamov Ka-31 helicopters

    The Indian Navy will trial a newly developed airborne electronic warfare (EW) system aboard its Kamov Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopter. A June 2018 tender document for the programme disclosed that the country’s Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL) is seeking a vendor to

  • Singapore develops trainer for Type 218SG submarines, first boat to launch in 2019

    Key Points The Republic of Singapore Navy is developing a trainer suite to prepare its crew for the Type 218SG submarines First-of-class on track for launch in 2019, with delivery scheduled for 2021 The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) is developing a submarine trainer suite (STS) that will be

  • HMS Defender receives new Type 45 CMS software in upkeep work

    Key Points A CMS software upgrade is among several new fits for the UK Type 45 destroyers, with HMS Defender first to receive these modifications Defender is also the first Type 45 to go through the latest full upkeep maintenance and modification process The UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 45 air-defence

  • NATO researchers investigating new JISR, communications for maritime gliders

    NATO researchers are working on new add-ons and communications capabilities to shift undersea gliders to a bigger role in joint intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (JISR) for the allies. The goals include hiking the accuracy of the gliders’ acoustic detection, and refining their

  • Australia’s Collins-class submarines set to undergo sonar upgrades

    Key Points Australia is set to begin upgrading sonar systems of its Collins-class submarines Upgrades are being done as part of a wider programme to extend the boats’ service life till the 2030s The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) fleet of six Collins-class diesel-electric

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