• India’s Il-38 MPA to receive newly developed COMINT system

    India’s Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL) is seeking a vendor to perform “platform modification and installation” of the Sarvadhari communications intelligence (COMINT) system aboard the Indian navy’s IL-38 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA). A document for the

  • Upgraded Israeli Saar 4.5 ship conducts first live-fire exercise

    The Israeli Navy carried out its first live-fire test with a Saar 4.5 missile ship fitted with the new IAI-Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) radar on 29 May. The Israeli Navy announced on 6 June that the exercise involved INS Sufa using its ALPHA radar to successfully

  • Brazil starts testing laboratory generators for nuclear submarines

    Brazil will start integration testing of turbo generators of its Nuclear Power Generation Laboratory (LABGENE) at Aramar Nuclear Industry Centre (CINA) in Iperó, state of São Paulo, on 8 June. The testing marks a significant advancement in Brazil’s effort to develop a submarine

  • Thales, BAE Systems, CGI team for MEWSIC bid

    Key Points Thales UK has teamed with BAE Systems and CGI to bid for the next phase of the RN’s Maritime Electronic Warfare Programme It will face competition from a Lockheed Martin UK/Elbit Systems UK team Thales UK has teamed with BAE Systems and CGI to bid for the next phase of the UK

  • Geospectrum eyes international market for towed array

    Fresh from having delivered the first Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) low frequency variable depth sonar to the Royal Canadian Navy in March 2018, GeoSpectrum is sounding confident of the system’s appeal on the international market. Speaking to Jane’s at Cansec 2018, the

  • CANSEC 2018: Kongsberg pioneers echosounder retrofits for icebreakers

    Kongsberg expects the first newly installed deep-water echosounders using an innovative new layout to enter service with within weeks, the company told Jane’s at CANSEC 2018. Under an August 2017 contract, Kongsberg is supplying its high-resolution EM 712 multibeam echosounders to the

  • GeoSpectrum Technologies to supply underwater sound systems for RoKN

    Elbit Systems’ wholly owned subsidiary in Canada, GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc (GTI), has been awarded a contract by STX Engine Co to deliver an undisclosed number of its Underwater Sound Source Systems (USSSs) and related software packages to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN). In a statement

  • Australia launches first Pacific Patrol Boat

    Key Points Australia has launched the first vessel under its Pacific Patrol Boat security assistance initiative First vessel is on track for delivery to Papua New Guinea in October 2018 Australian shipbuilder Austal has launched the first vessel ordered under Canberra’s SEA 3036 Pacific

  • Philippine Navy commissions third TC-90 aircraft

    Key Points The Philippine Navy has enhanced its aerial maritime surveillance capabilities with a third TC-90 Service is on track to operate a fleet of five aircraft in the coming months The Philippine Navy’s Naval Air Group (NAG) has commissioned a third Beechcraft TC-90 King Air aircraft

  • South Korea to deploy K-SAAM on second Dokdo class

    Key Points South Korea will deploy the K-SAAM on its second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier Deployment heralds wider adoption of the locally developed close-in defence system across South Korea’s naval vessels The Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) second Dokdo-class helicopter

  • US Navy Research Lab applying MCM sonar to C-UUV

    The US Naval Research Laboratory is seeking to take an active sonar capability it developed for mine countermeasures (MCM) and focus its efforts on countering the emerging threat of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). The MCM system, called a structural acoustic sonar, is in its final stages of

  • MT30 selected for new JMSDF frigate programme

    Rolls-Royce has been selected to supply its MT30 marine gas turbine to power the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force’s (JMSDF’s) new 30FFM frigate. Working with its local partner Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Rolls-Royce will supply an initial two engines for the first two 30FFM ships. The

  • Saab secures FMS deal to supply Sea Giraffe AMB radar to Philippines

    Saab Defense and Security USA has been contracted by the US Naval Sea Systems Command to supply two Sea Giraffe AMB G-band shipborne radar systems for a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case between the US government and the Philippines. Sea Giraffe AMB – designated as AN/SPS-77(V) by the US Navy

  • USN focuses on side-scan sonar for countermine operations

    The US Navy (USN) will depend on side-scan sonars and related synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) technology to conduct mine countermeasures (MCM) operations using Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission packages, said the service in a recent report to Congress. “Effective minehunting systems rely

  • Philippine Navy to receive Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB radar

    Saab will supply its Sea Giraffe AMB naval radar system to the US Navy (USN) as part of a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal between the United States and the Philippines. The radar system will be installed on two Philippine Navy frigates – BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz

  • Philippine Navy’s Jacinto class on track to conclude combat systems restoration in 2018

    Key Points A third phase to extend service life of the Philippine Navy’s Jacinto-class corvettes is expected to complete by end-2018 Restorations are expected to cap a multiphase series of upgrade efforts that have been ongoing since the mid-2000s A project to restore combat systems of the

  • Singapore Navy opts for partial helicopter capability across Independence class

    Key Points Only four of the eight littoral mission vessels to be operated by the Republic of Singapore Navy are helicopter capable Service will likely validate the utility of helicopter operations on the vessel type before expanding on this capability across the class A series of observations and

  • Navantia to carry out systems upgrade on Spanish Segura minehunters

    Navantia has won a contract from the Spanish Navy to develop and install an upgraded version of its integrated platform control system (Sistema Integrado de Control de la Plataforma: SICP) for the Segura-class minehunters. The EUR8.1 million (USD9.6 million) contract will run until 2022 and include

  • South Korea selects mix of local, Israeli sensors for second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier

    Key Points The Republic of Korea Navy’s second Dokdo-class ship will feature a different set of weapons and sensors from its predecessor Improvements have been incorporated from the service’s 11-year operational experience with the first-of-class The Republic of Korea Navy’s

  • USN continues ‘cultural shift’ in improving surface-fleet operations

    The US Navy (USN) is continuing to work on changing the service’s training culture in order to better prepare its surface warfare officers (SWOs), crews and their ships in the wake of the service-wide reviews prompted by the recent spate of mishaps in the Western Pacific, Secretary Richard

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