• USN expands digital twin employment

    The US Navy (USN) is building digital twins for an increasing host of components and systems, hoping to incorporate more and smaller contractors into developmental and modernisation efforts for key programmes, according to James Geurts, assistant US Navy (USN) secretary of the navy for Research,

  • USN shifts focus to fixing Ford’s lower elevators

    The upper Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWEs) appear to be working properly on the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) and the US Navy (USN) is now focusing on repairing issues with the lower elevators, James Geurts, assistant USN secretary of the navy for Research, Development, and

  • Paris Air Show: Raytheon wins USD234 million US Navy contract for 23 JPALS sets

    Raytheon has secured a USD234 million initial low-rate production contract from the US Navy for its Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS), the company announced on 17 June during the Paris Air Show. The contract, which was awarded in May, covers 23 sets of JPALS equipment that will be

  • Sweden set to test ‘Double Stirling’ AIP plant

    Saab Kockums and Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) are preparing to begin testing of a prototype ‘Double Stirling’ air-independent propulsion (AIP) system aimed at a nascent Swedish future submarine programme. The 150 kW module, which occupies the same footprint as

  • UK sets out vision for ‘Intelligent Warship’ technologies

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is soliciting proposals for novel concepts aimed at integrating ‘intelligent systems’ into future warships. Being competed through the MoD’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) programme, the Intelligent Ship programme is seeking to mature

  • Isotta Fraschini Motori to provide diesel generators for Italy’s fourth PPA vessel

    Fincantieri subsidiary Isotta Fraschini Motori (IFM) is to supply its new 16V170C2ME diesel generator system (DGS) for the Italian Navy’s fourth multirole offshore patrol vessel (Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura: PPA). The new generator model was unveiled by IFM on 11 June following the

  • Belgian companies develop new amphibious propulsion kit for M113 APCs

    Belgium’s Flanders Technical Supply (FTS) and Syllab International have teamed to propose a new amphibious navigation package for BAE Systems’ M113A2 tracked armoured personnel carrier (APC). The development of the vehicle, called the M113 Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), is scheduled

  • Brazilian marines close to fully implementing new C4ISR system

    The Brazilian Marine Corps (Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais) is implementing its ambitious C4ISR system, the SIC2CFN (Sistema Integrado de Comando e Controle para o CFN), which was purchased from Elbit Systems via a USD40 million contract on 31 March 2017. The Marines Material Command is responsible for

  • USN eyes technologies for future multi-mission fire control radar

    The US Navy has outlined plans for a new multi-mission fire-control radar (MMFCR) that would combine horizon search functions with fire control for missile and gun engagements. In a request for information (RFI) issued on 30 May, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), on behalf of the Program

  • China carries out first sea-based satellite launch

    China carried out its first-ever launch of a satellite from a sea-based mobile platform on 5 June. The event took place in the Yellow Sea using a Long March 11 rocket that carried seven satellites into orbit, some of which are for commercial use, while the others are for scientific data-gathering

  • CVN 78 integrated combat system completes final developmental test

    The Ship Self Defense System (SSDS) Integrated Combat System for the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its final developmental test recently, SSDS contractor Raytheon confirmed on 4 June. The testing was done from the US Navy (USN) unmanned Self Defense Test Ship off the coast

  • Images show likely configuration of sensor suite for PLAN’s next carrier

    Photographs published on Chinese internet forums show that further developments and modifications have been made to the superstructure of the land-based aircraft carrier development facility in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. These likely reflect the changes that will be implemented in building

  • Akaer to update CMS consoles of Brazilian Niterói-class frigates

    The Brazilian privately owned company Akaer Engenharia has been selected by another local privately owned company CONSUB Defesa e Tecnologia to revitalise the multi-function consoles of SICONTA MkII (SIstema de Controle Tático e de Armas) combat management system (CMS) installed on three

  • Aselsan to supply Zargana torpedo countermeasures for Pakistan’s submarines

    Aselsan will export its locally developed Zargana torpedo countermeasures system for submarines to Pakistan, Turkey’s state-owned Anatolia news agency reported on 29 May. The system will be fitted on Pakistan’s three Khalid (Agosta 90B)-class diesel-electric attack submarines as part of

  • Update: Thales to supply Mirador Mk 2 for new K 130 corvettes

    Thales is to supply its latest Mirador Mk 2 electro-optical (EO) director for the German Navy’s second batch of K 130 corvettes, the company announced on 24 May. Under contract to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), Thales will

  • Australia seeking to develop new acoustic materials for submarines

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 24 May that it had signed a three-year collaboration agreement with local universities and industry to develop new acoustic materials to make Royal Australian Navy (RAN) submarines “harder to detect”. The AUD1.5 million (USD1.04

  • Milestones: India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS)

    Latest developments India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS) is an automated air-defence command-and-control (C2) centre designed for controlling and monitoring Indian Air Force (IAF) operations throughout the country. To achieve this the Indian government approved funding of

  • Belgium Naval & Robotics secures contract for Dutch/Belgian MCM programme

    Key Points Belgium Naval & Robotics is to provide the Belgian and Dutch navies with their future MCM capabilities The two nations will each procure six MCM mother ships that will control multiple offboard MCM assets The Belgium Naval & Robotics consortium has been contracted to provide

  • Lacroix positions variant of Sylena decoy system for Singapore’s MRCV

    Following its success with recent naval programmes of Malaysia, Egypt and Qatar, French defence company Lacroix is building on this momentum and positioning a ‘fitted-for-purpose’ variant of its Sylena decoy launching systems for Singapore’s upcoming multi-role combat vessel (MRCV)

  • Italy advances EU maritime surveillance and protection effort

    The Italian Navy has outlined the development roadmap for a four-country EU initiative to deliver a deployable maritime security ‘system of systems’ incorporating multiple unmanned platforms and sensors. Intended to safeguard vessels and critical infrastructure in littoral environments

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