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  • Controp updates airborne and maritime EO/IR payloads with SWIR channel

    Israel's Controp Precision Technologies has introduced new high-definition (HD) thermal imaging (TI) and short-wave infrared (SWIR) capabilities to its airborne iSky-50HD and maritime iSea-50HD electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) payloads. The payloads, which are housed in gyro-stabilised 30 kg

  • USS Gerald R Ford hones flight operations amid development concerns

    Facing continued development questions over its next-generation aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78), the US Navy (USN) has been able to prove the Ford class can maintain sustained flight operations with its mainstay carrier combat aircraft. "We continue to see progress in the testing

  • New RN sonar training facility opens

    A new submarine sonar training facility has opened at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, to deliver realistic training for Royal Navy (RN) submariners operating the Thales Sonar 2076 submarine active/passive integrated sonar system. The Thales-supplied trainer, known as the Rapidly Reconfigurable

  • Indonesia selects communication, sonar suite from Wärtsilä ELAC Nautik for Nagapasa submarines

    Key Points Indonesia has selected the Wärtsilä ELAC KaleidoScope submarine sonar suite for its Nagapasa class Suite provides platform with all-round underwater surveillance capabilities including detection, classification, and tracking of contacts Indonesia’s Nagapasa (Type

  • Portugal to train São Tomé and Príncipe coastguard

    The Portuguese Navy's auxiliary oiler replenishment vessel (AOR) NRP Bérrio (A5210) and Cacine-class coastal patrol ship NRP Zaire (P1146) arrived in São Tomé and Príncipe on 22 January to support the training of the African nation’s coastguard (Guarda Costeira de São

  • CNO touts BMD potential of Aegis

    Admiral John Richardson, the US chief of naval operations, said he is confident about the ability of the Aegis combat system aboard appropriately outfitted US guided-missile destroyers and cruisers to conduct ballistic missile defence (BMD) missions, even during the initial boost phase.

  • Japan to assist with establishment of 11 new radar stations across southern Philippines

    Key Points Japan is providing Manila with resources to establish 11 new coastal radar stations across southern Philippines Move aims to secure major shipping lanes that connect the Sulu Sea, with the Celebes Sea and the Pacific Ocean In an effort to help bolster security along a notorious sea

  • LCS mission package development inches ahead

    The US Navy (USN) is ready to begin testing and fielding modular mission packages for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programme – modular systems enable each LCS to be quickly configured for specific tasks, according to an official. Captain Ted Zobel, programme manager for the LCS Mission

  • JMSDF to install CEC system on future Aegis-equipped destroyers

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) plans to provide its two upcoming Aegis-equipped destroyers with an enhanced capability to exchange data with similarly equipped platforms to better counter the threat posed by North Korean ballistic missiles, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense

  • Surface Navy 2018: US Navy needs common bridges and radars, Fleet Forces commander says

    The US Navy (USN) has created confusion with the plethora of bridge-control configurations and commercial navigation radars it uses on its surface ships, Admiral Philip Davidson, commander of the US Fleet Forces Command, said. Speaking at the 30th annual Surface Navy Association conference on 11

  • Surface Navy 2018: USN to test Saab’s ASW training system in 2018

    The US Navy (USN) will begin a three-month evaluation of Saab’s anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training system later this year. The demonstration will take place at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) in the Bahamas using the company’s AUV62-AT, an artificial acoustic

  • Surface Navy 2018: SEWIP Lite set for first deliveries

    Key Points AN/SLQ-32(V)6C – also known as SEWIP Lite – is a scaled, lower-cost version of the AN/SLQ-32(V)6 SEWIP Block 2 system Initial deliveries are supporting the USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter programme Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems has completed build of the first two

  • First laser scanner delivered for Norwegian MCM

    The first of four new laser scanners destined for the Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) has been delivered to Kongsberg Maritime by Canada-based company 2G Robotics ahead of integration on one of the RnoN’s new mine countermeasure (MCM) autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Four Hugin AUVs were

  • SNA 2018: AN/ALQ-248 AOEW pod set for mid-2018 CDR milestone

    Key Points The AN/ALQ-248 AMP will be integrated with MH-60R and MH-60S multi-mission helicopters to provide a long-endurance electronic attack capability Lockheed Martin has now been contracted for the build of AN/ALQ-248 engineering development models Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems

  • SNA 2018: USN wants better Aegis diagnostics

    The US Navy (USN) wants to be able to better gauge the condition of its shipboard Aegis combat systems, said James Sheridan, Aegis director for Lockheed Martin, the main contractor for the system. “There’s pressure on us to provide better diagnostics for the [Aegis] systems,”

  • SNA 2018: Destroyer mishaps disrupt USN Aegis BMD upgrade plans

    The recent collisions that damaged two guided-missile destroyers will likely affect US Navy (USN) efforts to modernise and deploy the surface combatants with upgraded Aegis combat systems for ballistic missile defence (BMD), according to James Sheridan, Aegis director for Lockheed Martin. The

  • Australia begins installation of CEC system components on Hobart-class destroyers

    Key Points Australia has begun installing components of the CEC system on its first two Air Warfare Destroyers First platform is on track for initial operational tasking, including against anti-air warfare threats, by late-2018 The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) first and second

  • Testing the water: Saab sets out its future manned/unmanned fleet vision

    Key Points Saab envisages distributed, networked force mix Manned-unmanned teaming will be key to concept In the mid-1980s, the Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) and Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) began extensive scientific and technical research to understand if and how

  • Thales certifies Omnisys for sonar transducer production

    Thales has qualified its Brazilian subsidiary Omnisys for the in-country production of sonar transducers, the company has announced. The transducers produced by Omnisys are intended for the Thales Underwater Systems Kingklip medium-frequency hull-mounted sonar which Jane’s understands is

  • USN creates 3D virtual dry dock for future Ford carrier work

    Looking to provide cheaper and more efficient maintenance for future Ford-class aircraft carriers, the US Navy (USN) has tapped laser metrology technology to create a virtual dry dock to simulate work on the vessels. Engineers from the Advanced Data, Prototyping Technologies, and Virtual

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