• ASC explores propulsion and generation joint ventures with Jeumont Electric

    Australian naval shipbuilding and maintenance supplier ASC announced on 9 October that it is pursuing joint activities with Jeumont Electric, a French specialist in electric propulsion systems used on submarines. The two companies signed a heads of agreement document aimed at identifying

  • DSME awarded contract to design, build upgraded KSS-III-class submarine

    South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) announced on 11 October that it has been awarded KRW1.13 trillion (USD958 million) to design and build an upgraded KSS-III (also known as Dosan Ahn Chang-ho)-class diesel-electric submarine. The company said that the new 3,000

  • Thales and Nexter developing 40 mm CTAS RAPIDFireNaval

    Thales and Nexter Systems are teamed to develop a new multi-role weapon system, called RAPIDFireNaval, to meet potential French Navy requirements and are eyeing DGA funding in the first half of 2020, according to Sylvain Richy, managing director of CTAI (a joint venture between Nexter and BAE

  • 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

  • Deleted image shows Singapore air force Heron 1 UAV with new belly payload pod

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has inadvertently revealed the existence of an enhanced version of its Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron 1 medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV) during the biennial ‘Forging Sabre’ exercise being staged from

  • 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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