• USN EASR tests start at Wallops Island

    Raytheon and the US Navy (USN) recently completed the first system-level tests of the AN/SPY-6(V)2, the Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) at the Surface Combat System Center at Wallops Island, Virginia, the company confirmed on 20 August. Thanks in part to built-in commonality with the

  • USN calls EASR development “critical” for FFG(X)

    The successful development and integration of the Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) will be vital for future operations of the US Navy (USN) proposed guided-missile frigate (FFG[X]), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted in a recent report. “Navy officials stated that

  • MDA issues RfI for THAAD ‘Advanced Capability Development’

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has issued a request for information (RfI) for continued development of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) globally transportable, rapidly deployable ballistic missile defence weapon system. According to a Sources Sought notification released on 11

  • Israeli corvette upgraded with ALPHA radar

    At least one of the Israeli Navy’s three Saar-5 corvettes now has the new IAI-Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) radar, images emerging from the multinational Exercise ‘Mighty Waves’ have shown. The ALPHA is a multi-function active electronically scanned array

  • Philippine Navy revives ASW capabilities with commissioning of ex-South Korean corvette

    Key Points The Philippine Navy is reviving a long-absent ability to hunt submarines with the commissioning of an ex-South Korean corvette The vessel will build up anti-submarine competencies and transition the service over to its new José Rizal-class frigates The Philippine Navy has revived

  • Ultra H1 sales increase with defence contract wins

    Ultra Electronics announced a double-digit percentage sales increase on 7 August, as well as a higher orderbook for the first six months of 2019. Revenues increased by 10.4% compared with the first half (H1) of 2018 with organic growth in all three of its divisions (Aerospace & Infrastructure,

  • SERO 400 periscopes selected for Preveze-class submarine upgrade

    The Turkish Naval Forces Command’s four Type 209/1400 Preveze-class diesel-electric submarines are to receive dual Hensoldt SERO 400 series periscopes as part of their mid-life upgrade. Under contract to Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM), which has overall responsibility

  • UK begins search for future EW countermeasures

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is canvassing industry for electronic warfare countermeasures (EWCM) systems and technologies that could address the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) needs for future soft-kill anti-ship missile defence. Forming the second component of the overarching Maritime

  • Turkey’s Aselsan develops communication system for indigenous submarine

    Turkish systems and sensors house Aselsan has completed the development of an integrated communication system for the country’s New Type Submarine Project (NTSP). This is the first time the company has produced a submarine communication system, Turkey’s state-owned Anatolia news agency

  • US Navy seeks quick combat systems upgrades to counter new threats

    The US Navy (USN) is looking to tap technological advancements like the Lockheed Martin Aegis combat system – supported Common Source Library (CSL) to develop quicker responses to emerging surface sea threats like unmanned systems, Christian Minster, company programme director for Surface Navy

  • Northrop Grumman selected as design agent for US Navy AN/SPQ-9B radar

    The US Navy (USN) awarded Northrop Grumman a follow-on contract to be the design agent for the AN/SPQ-9B surface search-and-fire-control radar. In that role, Northrop Grumman provides support to existing and future systems, troubleshoots issues, performs redesign efforts as parts become obsolete,

  • Swedish, US forces research the effects of ice on underwater sound

    The US Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) and Swedish military researchers are gearing up for another trial during the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 to study how ice affects sound underwater. The upcoming tests will build on testing done on such effects by NAVWAR, the Swedish

  • Curtiss-Wright’s helicopter recovery system selected for new JMSDF frigates

    Curtiss-Wright has been selected to supply two more Indal RAST (recovery, assist, secure, and traverse) helicopter handling systems for the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) new frigate programme. This is the same system that was selected for the first two ships in the

  • DARPA advances plan for TIMEly underwater network

    Plans for a novel underwater network architecture have been laid out by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under the banner of Timely Information for Maritime Engagements (TIMEly). In a special notice released on 17 June, DARPA revealed that TIMEly is intended “to

  • US Navy shipyards harness laser technology for ship assessments, training

    The Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) are looking to laser scan US Navy (USN) ships to better assess the vessels and conduct related work on them. Previously, yard workers and supervisors would have to rely on hand drawings for ship checks, but navy engineers say

  • UK evaluates flywheel energy storage system in power-hardware-in-the-loop testing

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) at the University of Strathclyde have completed testing and evaluation of a novel Flywheel Energy Storage System (FESS) in a representative ship power system environment. This follows prior testing of the 3.6 MJ/360

  • USN to prototype AI-based decision aid to improve collision avoidance

    As part of efforts to reduce the incidence of surface ship accidents, the US Navy (USN) has instigated the development of a decision support aid that would leverage from rules-based artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms previously developed under the Sea Hunter unmanned surface vessel programme.

  • US Navy seeks new power systems to accommodate advanced weapons, operations

    The US Navy’s (USN’s) shifting focus on directed-energy weapons, autonomous systems, and unmanned operations is sparking greater interest in developing more advanced energy sources and storage capabilities. “Today, the US Navy is on the cusp of revolutionary changes in how warfare

  • FOST to introduce Pointer T to improve gunnery training

    UK technology and services group QinetiQ has signed a five-year contract with the UK Royal Navy (RN) that will see the introduction of a dedicated training variant of QinetiQ’s Pointer system to optimise the effectiveness of anti-surface warfare (ASuW) training on a wide range of weapon

  • RNLN puts down marker for hard-kill torpedo defence

    Plans are being developed by the Netherlands’ Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) for the roll-out of a hard-kill surface ship torpedo defence system (TDS) across the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) fleet. The system will initially go on board two new M-frigate anti-submarine warfare (ASW)

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