• 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

  • TRS-4D radar on order for new K 130 corvettes

    German systems and sensors house Hensoldt has been contracted to provide the rotating version of its TRS-4D G-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) multifunction air/surface surveillance radar for the German Navy’s second batch of five K 130 corvettes. The move marks a significant

  • US completes final developmental ballistic missile flight test for AN/SPY-6(V) radar

    The US Navy (USN) AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) successfully tracked a ballistic missile target on 31 January during the final developmental test in a series of ballistic missile defence flight tests. During this 15th live missile flight test, designated ‘Vigilant

  • Canada awards contracts for R&D to beef up Arctic surveillance

    Matteo Natalucci, London The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) has awarded two contracts for a total of CAN46.2 million (USD34.9 million) to Raytheon Canada Limited and the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Space Flight Lab (UTIAS SFL) under the All Domain

  • USN CNO says carrier defence systems make it military’s most survivable airfield

    US aircraft carriers’ defence systems make them less vulnerable targets than in previous decades, Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations (CNO), said on 5 February during an appearance at the Atlantic Council. Technological advances will provide even stronger defences for carriers,

  • German Navy eyes new sensors, BMD for air-defence frigates

    Germany has officially begun a tender to replace the long-range SMART-L search radars fitted to the navy’s three in-service Sachsen-class (F 124) air-defence frigates, with the service also looking to introduce an expanded ballistic missile defence (BMD) capability during the sensor retrofit.

  • NATO to receive NASMDEF facility for soft-kill countermeasures assessment

    An industry team led by Leonardo is to provide NATO with a new capability to evaluate the performance of soft-kill countermeasures used to defend ships against radar-guided anti-ship cruise missiles. The new system – to be known as the NATO Anti-Ship Missile Defensive Evaluation Facility

  • DOT&E highlights weaknesses in US Navy EW system testing

    The 2018 report from the Pentagon’s Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) has called on the US Navy (USN) to address critical gaps in its ability to realistically simulate anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) seeker performance and approach profiles in support of Surface Electronic

  • US Navy to equip E-2D with MUOS satcom

    The US Navy (USN) is looking to equip the Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft with an upgraded satellite communications (satcom) suite. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced on 24 January that it intends to award Northrop Grumman

  • Japan releases audio file in ‘final statement’ on radar lock-on dispute with South Korea

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has released an 18 second audio file containing what Tokyo claims is the sound – converted from radio waves – recorded when a Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) destroyer locked its fire-control radar onto a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)

  • Thales details POLA role

    Thales has revealed the full scope of the mission suite it is supplying for the Mexican Navy’s new Patrullera Oceánica de Largo Alcance (POLA) vessel ARM Reformador . Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) was awarded a contract for the POLA programme in early 2017. The ship is a

  • Surface Navy 2019: USN set to receive first Raytheon EASR for testing

    Raytheon will deliver an Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) to the Surface Combat Systems Center Wallops Island, Virginia in early 2019, for developmental testing (DT). That testing is set to begin in the March to June 2019 timeframe. Additionally, the company is expecting a long-lead

  • Indian Navy tests air-droppable logistics containers

    The Indian Navy (IN) announced on 10 January that it has successfully tested locally developed Sahayak air-droppable containers off the coast of Goa in the Arabian Sea. In a statement the IN said that on 8 January an Ilyushin Il-38 maritime patrol aircraft dropped one of the containers carrying a

  • USN moots alternative strategies for SEWIP Block 3 production competition

    The US Navy (USN) is exploring options to compete the production of hardware for its next-generation Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 electronic attack (EA) system. Procurement strategies being considered for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020–24 production contract

  • BAE Systems looks to introduce AI decision support into naval combat systems

    BAE Systems’ Naval Ships – Combat Systems business is exploring the application of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques into its INTeACT family of surface ship combat management systems (CMS) as part of a wider innovation activity known as Project Dragonfly. The work forms part of a

  • South Korea releases video to dispute Japanese fire-control radar accusations

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) released a video on 4 January to dispute Japanese claims that a Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) destroyer had locked its fire-control radar onto a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) as it flew

  • Çafrad radar for Turkish Navy tested

    Firing tests with Çafrad, a multi-functional phased-array radar built indigenously by Turkish firm Aselsan, were carried out successfully in late December the company has stated. Çafrad was tested on board the frigate TCG Göksu (F 497), where it was integrated with a Raytheon

  • Tokyo accuses South Korean destroyer of directing fire-control radar at Japanese MPA

    Tokyo has accused a Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) destroyer of directing its fire-control radar at a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) on 20 December while on a patrol mission over the Sea of Japan (East Sea). The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in

  • Brazil upgrading Bahia LPD’s navigation, electronic warfare systems

    The Brazilian Navy is to upgrade its NDM Bahia (G 40) multi-purpose landing dock platform (LPD) with new surface navigation and electronic warfare systems, Jane’s has learned. A Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine VisionMaster FT250 navigation radar will replace the existing DRBN34A navigation

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