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  • DSEI Japan 2019: Mitsubishi Electric‘s JTPS-P80 coastal surveillance radar enters service with JGSDF

    The Mitsubishi Electric JTPS-P80 coastal surveillance radar has entered service with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). A JGSDF official told Jane’s at 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 exhibition in Chiba that the radar, which can also be mounted on a truck, was commissioned by the

  • Rohde & Schwarz delivers communications suite on Malaysia’s Lekiu class

    Rohde & Schwarz has completed the installation of an internet protocol (IP)-based communication system on board the Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN’s) Lekiu-class frigates. The system, known as the NAVICS IP integrated communication system (ICS), was installed as part of a contract with

  • USN begins AN/SPN-50 radar testing

    The US Navy (USN) has begun land-based testing of its new AN/SPN-50(V)1 Shipboard Air Traffic Radar (SATR) at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Webster Outlying Field (NAWCAD WOLF) facility in St Inigoes, Maryland, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has disclosed. Managed by

  • India marks milestone in indigenous development of submarine AIP system

    India has successfully operationalised a land-based prototype (LBP) of an indigenously developed air independent propulsion (AIP) system, the country’s defence ministry announced on 30 October. The LBP, which has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s

  • Northrop Grumman begins testing of SEWIP Block 3 hardware

    Northrop Grumman has revealed that it has begun testing of engineering development model (EDM) hardware developed under the US Navy’s (USN’s) Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 programme. The company said it is “on track” for the targeted

  • NRL’s multifunction RF testbed demonstrates antenna sharing and pattern capabilities

    Northrop Grumman and the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have demonstrated simultaneous multifunction radio frequency (RF) resource management and antenna sharing during testing of a prototype system at NRL’s test facility in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. The Low-Level Resource Allocation

  • KraitSense ASW towed sonar tested in NATO REP(MUS) experiment

    UK-based maritime systems group SEA has successfully completed sea trials of its KraitSense thin-line passive sonar system as part of the recent NATO Recognized Environmental Picture augmented by Maritime Unmanned Systems REP(MUS) 2019 experiment. Installed on board a Portuguese Navy offshore

  • South Korea deploys indigenously developed coastal radar

    South Korea has operationalised the first example of an indigenously developed coastal surveillance radar, the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 30 October. The system, which has been referred to by DAPA as the Maritime Surveillance Radar-II, was

  • RAN decommissions final Adelaide-class frigate

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) last operational Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate, HMAS Melbourne , was decommissioned in a ceremony held on 26 October at its home port of Fleet Base East, Garden Island in Sydney. During its 27 years in service the 4,260-tonne frigate (pennant

  • Maxar to open St Louis facility to support US NGA

    Maxar Technologies, a space technology company based near Denver, Colorado, plans to open a new facility in St Louis, Missouri, in January to handle its growing workload for the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The 10,500 sq ft facility will initially have 48 employees, most of

  • MADEX 2019: Integrated mast options emerge for Korea’s KDDX

    Models of two new integrated mast designs for South Korea’s Next-Generation Destroyer (KDDX) programme were shown by LIG Nex1 and Hanwha Defense at the MADEX show in Busan. The separately developed designs incorporate a range of sensors – most prominently fixed X- and S-band

  • Elbit payload selected for Canada’s NOMAD active offboard decoy

    Rheinmetall Canada has selected Israel’s Elbit Systems to supply an offboard electronic countermeasures (ECM) payload for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) Naval Offboard Anti-missile Active Decoy (NOMAD) programme. Designed to address the requirements of the Naval Electronic

  • Combat systems testing starts for French FDI frigate

    Combat management system (CMS) and sensor trials for the French Navy’s future Fregate de defense et d’intervention (FDI) frigates are set to start next month, the Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) has confirmed. During a 27 September briefing, the DGA said the SETIS

  • AUSA 2019: Digital engineering expands across programmatic life

    Digital engineering is being expanded beyond platforms and systems to include acquisition, operations, and even end-of-life disposals, according to SAIC engineers focusing on that field. “We look across the lifecycle,” Kim Nunn, SAIC chief systems engineer, solutions architect and

  • Images emerge of naval variant of China's Z-20 helicopter

    The first clear images of a naval variant of China’s Z-20 tactical helicopter have emerged on Chinese online forums. The platform features several significant differences from the variant used by the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF), more details of which emerged during the

  • ONR awards contracts for long-endurance soft-kill decoy payloads

    The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded small-scale 12-month concept-design contracts for radio frequency (RF) and electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) payloads intended to equip a next-generation expendable offboard decoy system able to stay airborne on station for at least one hour. Known

  • Arms and Security 2019: Ukraine’s Yuzhnoye introduces new supersonic ASM development

    Key Points Design bureau Yuzhnoye has detailed its progress on a new Ukrainian ASM called the Bliskavka The missile is designed to exceed the performance of the Russian Kh-31 ASM Ukrainian design bureau Yuzhnoye has revealed the next phase of a previously unannounced programme to develop a

  • RAN to equip ships with Hawklink digital datalink system

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is to implement the Hawklink Ku-band digital datalink system on major surface fleet units, informed sources told Jane's on 10 October. When operational, the 10 MB per second uni-directional Hawklink system will enable the real-time transmission to the ships of

  • Safran contracted for key systems for Project SEA 1000 submarines

    Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia has been contracted to design three major combat system components for Australia’s Future Submarine programme. The AUD36.77 million (USD24.8 million) contract, announced by Lockheed Martin Australia and the Australian Department of Defence on 8

  • Pacific 2019: DSIT launches SwordFish towed array sonar for export market

    Key Points DSIT has received approval to market a lightweight anti-submarine sonar system to international customers The system allows operators to conduct anti-submarine patrols from vessels as light as 400 tonnes Israeli company DSIT Solutions has received approval from its government to export

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