• ONR lays down markers for long-endurance soft-kill decoy

    The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is launching a concept design effort intended to address US Navy (USN) needs for a next-generation expendable offboard decoy system able to stay airborne on station for at least one hour. Known as the Long Endurance Advanced Off-board Electronic Warfare (AOEW)

  • The Bahamas commissions new radar to improve maritime security

    The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) commissioned a new radar on 17 April as part of its new maritime security strategy, which focuses on decentralising the RBDF and acquiring new technologies to improve monitoring and surveillance operations. The newly commissioned long-range coastal radar was

  • Indian Navy unveils virtual reality centre to boost local ship designing

    The Indian Navy (IN) has inaugurated a virtual reality centre (VRC) to augment its domestic warship design capabilities and boost the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, which is aimed at achieving greater self-reliance. Unveiled on 12 April by IN Chief of Staff Admiral Sunil

  • US Navy completes developmental testing of AN/AQS-20C towed mine-hunting sonar

    The US Navy has completed developmental testing of the AN/AQS-20C mine-hunting towed sonar, bringing the system closer to being inducted into the fleet. “AN/AQS-20C is ready for integration to mine countermeasures unmanned surface vehicle unmanned surface vehicle (MCM USV) in 2020”,

  • Jamaica orders Thales’s coastal surveillance system

    The Jamaican Government has ordered several Thales’s Coast Watcher 100 coastal surveillance systems to strengthen its capabilities. Under the USD30 million contract, the company will supply the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) with a turnkey system built around several Coast Watcher 100 radars,

  • Japanese Aegis Ashore will not feature CEC system

    Japan’s two Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems will not be equipped with the US-developed Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) real-time sensor netting system, according to the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo. “We have decided not to equip the

  • Australian navy to overhaul IT equipment

    The IT equipment used on Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships will receive a major overhaul worth about AUD600 million (USD429 million), Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne and Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds announced on 9 April. The government plans to strengthen the RAN’s

  • Saab to deliver Sea Giraffe AMB radars for Canada’s Joint Support Ships

    Saab has been contracted by Lockheed Martin Canada to supply Sea Giraffe AMB 3-D surveillance radars for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) two new Protecteur-class Joint Support Ships (JSS). Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd is prime contractor for the JSS programme under the

  • Royal Canadian Navy to use AR for maintenance and training

    The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has begun to test augmented reality (AR) software developed by Kognitiv Spark to help technicians improve maintenance and repairs on board active naval vessels. The Mixed Reality Remote Assistant Support (MIRRAS) system, developed on Kognitv Spark’s

  • SMART-L MM/N BMD radar installed on first LCF frigate

    The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) air defence and command frigate (LCF) HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën has become the first ship of its class to receive the new SMART-L MM/N L-band long-range radar. Developed and manufactured by Thales Nederland, the SMART-L MM/N radar (previously known as SMART-L

  • Safran bags five-year Royal Australian Navy support contract

    Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia (SEDA) has received a contract for in-service support on the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) infrared search and track systems. The contract will run for an initial period of five years, with options to extend the service for up to 15 years.

  • Thales builds up UK naval combat facility in support of Type 31e bid

    Thales is to open a UK centre of excellence to develop its TACTICOS naval combat management system (CMS) in support of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) future Type 31e frigate programme. As part of the Babcock-led Team 31, which is proposing the Arrowhead 140 ship design to meet the Type 31e

  • US Marine Corps modifies weapons loader adapter for F-35B

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) modified support equipment to allow the guided bomb unit (GBU)-49 munition to be used on the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant. When the USMC chose GBU-49 for the F-35B, it needed a piece of

  • German MoD introduces Elettronica’s EW/Radar scenario simulator for naval application

    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) has purchased Elettronica GmbH’s self-contained integrated solution for validating, testing, and calibrating radar and electronic warfare (EW) systems, including operator training. The container-based system forms the basis of a tailored solution to be

  • US Navy awards contract to Raytheon for three AN/SPY-6(V)1 radar systems

    US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems a USD402.7 million fixed-price-incentive, firm-target contract modification, exercising options for the Air and Missile Defense Radar Program (AMDR) for low-rate initial production (LRIP) AN/SPY-6(V)1 radar systems.

  • Thales ships first modular cylindrical array for Collins submarine sonar upgrade

    Thales UK has shipped the first replacement bow sonar array for Australia’s Collins-class submarine upgrade programme. The new modular cylindrical array (MCA) will be installed on HMAS Waller as part of the Collins Sonar Capability Assurance Program (CSCAP), for which Thales was contracted in

  • Ford accepts second advanced weapons elevator

    US Navy (USN) aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) recently accepted its second advanced weapons elevator (AWE) as the service works through technological issues identified with the new equipment. The elevators have been the subject of concern for several months now. In its annual report

  • UK reveals plans to buy new N-POD floating offboard decoy for soft-kill defence

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed plans to procure a new passive offboard decoy system to provide soft-kill anti-ship missile defence for Royal Navy (RN) ships. Known as the Naval Passive Off-Board Decoy (N-POD) system, the new equipment is intended to replace the current Outfit

  • IDEX 2019: Systematic expanding Sitaware C2 software into maritime domain

    Systematic is developing a new maritime capability to add to its Sitaware command-and-control (C2) software suite, and showcased it for the first time at the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi, 17– 21 February 2019. Sitaware, used by about 40 countries, is currently focused on land operations and

  • Russia wraps up trials of Poliment-Redut SAM system on Project 22350 frigates

    The Russian Navy (VMF) has completed trials of the Poliment-Redut shipborne surface-to-air missile (SAM) system for Project 22350 frigates, navy commander-in-chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov told Russian media on 11 February. The system comprises the Poliment phased array radar and Redut vertical

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