• USN CNO says carrier defence systems make it military’s most survivable airfield

    US aircraft carriers’ defence systems make them less vulnerable targets than in previous decades, Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations (CNO), said on 5 February during an appearance at the Atlantic Council. Technological advances will provide even stronger defences for carriers,

  • German Navy eyes new sensors, BMD for air-defence frigates

    Germany has officially begun a tender to replace the long-range SMART-L search radars fitted to the navy’s three in-service Sachsen-class (F 124) air-defence frigates, with the service also looking to introduce an expanded ballistic missile defence (BMD) capability during the sensor retrofit.

  • NATO to receive NASMDEF facility for soft-kill countermeasures assessment

    An industry team led by Leonardo is to provide NATO with a new capability to evaluate the performance of soft-kill countermeasures used to defend ships against radar-guided anti-ship cruise missiles. The new system – to be known as the NATO Anti-Ship Missile Defensive Evaluation Facility

  • DOT&E highlights weaknesses in US Navy EW system testing

    The 2018 report from the Pentagon’s Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) has called on the US Navy (USN) to address critical gaps in its ability to realistically simulate anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) seeker performance and approach profiles in support of Surface Electronic

  • US Navy to equip E-2D with MUOS satcom

    The US Navy (USN) is looking to equip the Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft with an upgraded satellite communications (satcom) suite. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced on 24 January that it intends to award Northrop Grumman

  • Japan releases audio file in ‘final statement’ on radar lock-on dispute with South Korea

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has released an 18 second audio file containing what Tokyo claims is the sound – converted from radio waves – recorded when a Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) destroyer locked its fire-control radar onto a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)

  • Thales details POLA role

    Thales has revealed the full scope of the mission suite it is supplying for the Mexican Navy’s new Patrullera Oceánica de Largo Alcance (POLA) vessel ARM Reformador . Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) was awarded a contract for the POLA programme in early 2017. The ship is a

  • Surface Navy 2019: BAE Systems investing in software-defined SIGINT systems

    BAE Systems is investing in making its signals intelligence (SIGINT) systems software-defined and open architecture (OA) to enable customers to rapidly pursue new threat signals. Joshua Niedzwiecki, director of the company’s adaptive sensors business, told Jane’s on 14 January that

  • Surface Navy 2019: USN set to receive first Raytheon EASR for testing

    Raytheon will deliver an Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) to the Surface Combat Systems Center Wallops Island, Virginia in early 2019, for developmental testing (DT). That testing is set to begin in the March to June 2019 timeframe. Additionally, the company is expecting a long-lead

  • Indian Navy tests air-droppable logistics containers

    The Indian Navy (IN) announced on 10 January that it has successfully tested locally developed Sahayak air-droppable containers off the coast of Goa in the Arabian Sea. In a statement the IN said that on 8 January an Ilyushin Il-38 maritime patrol aircraft dropped one of the containers carrying a

  • USN moots alternative strategies for SEWIP Block 3 production competition

    The US Navy (USN) is exploring options to compete the production of hardware for its next-generation Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 electronic attack (EA) system. Procurement strategies being considered for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020–24 production contract

  • BAE Systems looks to introduce AI decision support into naval combat systems

    BAE Systems’ Naval Ships – Combat Systems business is exploring the application of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques into its INTeACT family of surface ship combat management systems (CMS) as part of a wider innovation activity known as Project Dragonfly. The work forms part of a

  • South Korea releases video to dispute Japanese fire-control radar accusations

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) released a video on 4 January to dispute Japanese claims that a Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) destroyer had locked its fire-control radar onto a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) as it flew

  • Çafrad radar for Turkish Navy tested

    Firing tests with Çafrad, a multi-functional phased-array radar built indigenously by Turkish firm Aselsan, were carried out successfully in late December the company has stated. Çafrad was tested on board the frigate TCG Göksu (F 497), where it was integrated with a Raytheon

  • Tokyo accuses South Korean destroyer of directing fire-control radar at Japanese MPA

    Tokyo has accused a Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) destroyer of directing its fire-control radar at a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) on 20 December while on a patrol mission over the Sea of Japan (East Sea). The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in

  • Brazil upgrading Bahia LPD’s navigation, electronic warfare systems

    The Brazilian Navy is to upgrade its NDM Bahia (G 40) multi-purpose landing dock platform (LPD) with new surface navigation and electronic warfare systems, Jane’s has learned. A Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine VisionMaster FT250 navigation radar will replace the existing DRBN34A navigation

  • Danish Navy to deploy with SitaWare HQ command-and-control software for MCM role

    The Royal Danish Navy (RDN) will deploy with Systematic’s SitaWare Headquarters (HQ) command-and-control (C2) software in early 2019, as the service takes command of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1), which is one of four groups that comprise the core of the maritime

  • Canada details antenna upgrade for Halifax-class ship radars

    The Canadian government has signed a CAD21.7 million (USD16.2 million) contract on 7 December with Saab Microwave Canada for a new antenna for the Sea Giraffe 180 (SG-180) radar installed on the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Halifax-class frigates. Saab Microwave Canada will install a new

  • Indra, Atlas Elektronik selected to provide ESM capability for German K130 corvette

    Indra has teamed with Atlas Elektronik to provide electronic systems for the German navy’s Braunschweig-class K130 corvettes. Indra has been contracted by the navy to provide the second series of the corvette with five of its latest generation Rigel radar electronic support measures/radar

  • US Navy takes delivery of LCS anti-submarine DART system

    The US Navy (USN) has taken delivery of the Raytheon-developed Dual-mode Array Transmitter (DART) Mission System for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) anti-submarine (ASW) mission package. The USN took delivery of DART, the final component of the LCS ASW mission package on 30 November, after the

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