• USN reports further progress on Ford Advanced Weapons Elevators

    Another three Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWEs) are working and being rigorously tested aboard aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), said Rear Admiral James Downey, USN programme executive officer for carriers. Two of those elevators are expected to be certified by the second or third

  • Bird demos OSCAR maritime data fusion system in Africa

    Bird Aerosystems, an Israeli company that develops special-mission aircraft solutions and airborne missile protection systems, announced on 14 January that it had completed a successful trial of its Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance (OSCAR) solution for an African client it did not

  • UK Royal Navy gets set to start Wilton MCM route survey task

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) plans to start operations in March with a new unmanned autonomous capability for peacetime mine countermeasures (MCM) tasks. Operating from HM Naval Base Clyde, the new capability – being delivered under Project Wilton – is due to achieve initial operating

  • UK awards contracts to explore Intelligent Ship technologies

    The UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is seed funding nine companies – including Frazer-Nash Consultancy (FNC), Roke Manor Research, and Thales UK – to explore and mature artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and automation technologies applicable to operating and

  • LCS 3 gets set for key ASW mission module tests

    The US Navy (USN) Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) will sail to Hawaii in February to begin developmental testing (DT) of the LCS anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission package. Testing in the waters of the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) will demonstrate

  • Chinese navy trialling new search radar

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is undertaking trials on a new search radar that may be intended for use on a future class of surface combatant or for retrofitting to current frigates and some destroyers. The radar has been installed on the Type 909A (Dahua-) class trials

  • Surface Navy 2020: MIDS on Ship programme poised for full-rate production

    MIDS on Ship (MOS) programme, a BAE System platform designed to enable US Navy warships to employ Link 16 tactical datalink communications across domains through Data Link Solutions’ Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems (MIDS JTRS), is poised to begin

  • US Marine Corps set sights on info ops with new command-level units

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) hopes to enhance its new cadre of command-level information operations (IO) units among component commands throughout the US armed forces’ regional combatant commands, as part of a wider Pentagon effort to gain the upper hand in increasingly competitive information

  • Chinese Type 052D destroyer fitted with possible anti-ship missile decoy launchers

    Images have emerged of a Chinese Type 052D (Luyang III)-class destroyer fitted with what appears to be an anti-ship missile countermeasures system. The photographs, which were taken during the nine-day ‘Sea Guardian 2020’ maritime exercise between the People’s Liberation Army Navy

  • Surface Navy 2020: USN expects Ford weapons elevators work to be done next year

    The four operational Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWEs) on aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) have performed 5,000 cycles and the US Navy (USN) expects work on all 11 to be done in the first half of 2021, according to Captain Ron Rutan, CVN 78 Class programme manager. “We’ll be

  • Surface Navy 2020: Lockheed Martin picks up CSEA role for SSDS after GAO denies protest

    Lockheed Martin has commenced Combat System Engineering Agent (CSEA) activity for the US Navy’s (USN’s) Ship Self Defense System (SSDS) after a protest filed by rival company Raytheon was denied. The SSDS Mk 2, which is fitted to USN aircraft carriers and large deck amphibious ships, is

  • Surface Navy 2020: Radar upgrades could make US Navy DDGs suitable for air warfare command

    With the increased capability and potential provided by the AN/SPY-6(V) radar suite slated for the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers (DDGs), the US Navy (USN) is looking at DDGs for air warfare command roles. Currently, guided-missile cruisers (CGs) fill the role for the USN, but

  • Indonesian Navy requests anti-submarine, surface kits for five more Panthers

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has submitted requests to equip five more Panther helicopters with anti-submarine, surface warfare capabilities The service has thus far received 10 of the 11 helicopters it ordered in 2014 The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia: TNI-AL) has submitted a

  • Surface Navy 2020: AN/SPY-6(V)4 ready for backfit installations

    The Raytheon AN/SPY-6(V)4 radar suite is ready to be backfit on the DDG 51 Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, Scott Spence, the company’s senior director of naval radar systems, told Jane’s. “We can start immediately,” Spence said during an interview

  • Iranian navy upgrades Alborz frigate with new combat systems

    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy has equipped one of its ageing Alvand-class (Vosper Mk 5) frigates with new indigenously developed combat systems. Imagery of IRIS Alborz (72) from the recently concluded Iranian joint naval exercise with the navies of China and Russia held in late December 2019,

  • SitaWare 6.10 introduces maritime add-on features

    Denmark’s Systematic is releasing a maritime add-on module as part of the latest 6.10 release of its SitaWare Headquarters command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) software product. The development, which the company said reflects growing interest from maritime

  • Naval Group, Airspeed to collaborate on mast proposal for Australia’s Attack class

    French shipbuilder Naval Group and South Australian composite manufacturer Airspeed have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to offer masts for Attack-class submarines. The MOU was signed in response to a design competition launched by Lockheed Martin Australia, which was awarded the combat

  • 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,

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