• China carries out first sea-based satellite launch

    China carried out its first-ever launch of a satellite from a sea-based mobile platform on 5 June. The event took place in the Yellow Sea using a Long March 11 rocket that carried seven satellites into orbit, some of which are for commercial use, while the others are for scientific data-gathering

  • CVN 78 integrated combat system completes final developmental test

    The Ship Self Defense System (SSDS) Integrated Combat System for the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its final developmental test recently, SSDS contractor Raytheon confirmed on 4 June. The testing was done from the US Navy (USN) unmanned Self Defense Test Ship off the coast

  • Images show likely configuration of sensor suite for PLAN’s next carrier

    Photographs published on Chinese internet forums show that further developments and modifications have been made to the superstructure of the land-based aircraft carrier development facility in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. These likely reflect the changes that will be implemented in building

  • Akaer to update CMS consoles of Brazilian Niterói-class frigates

    The Brazilian privately owned company Akaer Engenharia has been selected by another local privately owned company CONSUB Defesa e Tecnologia to revitalise the multi-function consoles of SICONTA MkII (SIstema de Controle Tático e de Armas) combat management system (CMS) installed on three

  • Aselsan to supply Zargana torpedo countermeasures for Pakistan’s submarines

    Aselsan will export its locally developed Zargana torpedo countermeasures system for submarines to Pakistan, Turkey’s state-owned Anatolia news agency reported on 29 May. The system will be fitted on Pakistan’s three Khalid (Agosta 90B)-class diesel-electric attack submarines as part of

  • Update: Thales to supply Mirador Mk 2 for new K 130 corvettes

    Thales is to supply its latest Mirador Mk 2 electro-optical (EO) director for the German Navy’s second batch of K 130 corvettes, the company announced on 24 May. Under contract to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), Thales will

  • Australia seeking to develop new acoustic materials for submarines

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 24 May that it had signed a three-year collaboration agreement with local universities and industry to develop new acoustic materials to make Royal Australian Navy (RAN) submarines “harder to detect”. The AUD1.5 million (USD1.04

  • Milestones: India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS)

    Latest developments India’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS) is an automated air-defence command-and-control (C2) centre designed for controlling and monitoring Indian Air Force (IAF) operations throughout the country. To achieve this the Indian government approved funding of

  • Belgium Naval & Robotics secures contract for Dutch/Belgian MCM programme

    Key Points Belgium Naval & Robotics is to provide the Belgian and Dutch navies with their future MCM capabilities The two nations will each procure six MCM mother ships that will control multiple offboard MCM assets The Belgium Naval & Robotics consortium has been contracted to provide

  • Lacroix positions variant of Sylena decoy system for Singapore’s MRCV

    Following its success with recent naval programmes of Malaysia, Egypt and Qatar, French defence company Lacroix is building on this momentum and positioning a ‘fitted-for-purpose’ variant of its Sylena decoy launching systems for Singapore’s upcoming multi-role combat vessel (MRCV)

  • Italy advances EU maritime surveillance and protection effort

    The Italian Navy has outlined the development roadmap for a four-country EU initiative to deliver a deployable maritime security ‘system of systems’ incorporating multiple unmanned platforms and sensors. Intended to safeguard vessels and critical infrastructure in littoral environments

  • Siemens unveils new FLEX PM modular submarine propulsion motors

    Siemens premiered its new generation of modular scalable permanent magnet submarine propulsion motors at the Underwater Defence Technology (UDT) 2019 exhibition in Stockholm. To provide solutions across a wider range of applications, Siemens is evolving its Permasyn permanent magnet compact

  • Russian Navy opts for underwater weapon and sensor upgrades

    Newly developed torpedoes, torpedo defence systems, and mine countermeasures systems are to be fitted to Russian Navy warships, according to a series of announcements by an executive of the JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation. The Russian Navy’s two Project 11442 cruisers, Admiral Nakhimov and

  • IMDEX 2019: Controp debuts upgraded ISea-25HD EO/IR payload

    Israel’s Controp Precision Technologies took the opportunity at the IMDEX 2019 exhibition, held in Singapore from 14 to 16 May, to unveil an improved version of its iSea-25HD electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) payload. Although only launched recently at the Euronaval 2018 exhibition in Paris,

  • IMDEX 2019: ST Engineering offers naval simulation system for international customers

    Key Points ST Engineering is offering an integrated naval ship simulator system to international customers for the first time The system incorporates virtual reality headsets, which allow for greater depth perception and situational awareness A naval vessel simulation system that was originally

  • UDT 2019: Type 26 sonar domes take shape

    Tods Defence has commenced initial production of sonar domes for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 26 City-class frigates, the company told Jane’s at UDT 2019. The contract for three domes was awarded in 2016, and delivery is expected from mid-2020. Initial production activity so

  • GeoSpectrum Technologies prepares for new TRAPS sonar trials

    Canada-based marine acoustics house GeoSpectrum Technologies is preparing to conduct new at-sea trials of its Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sonar system with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Trials from a Kingston-class coastal defence vessel are planned to

  • IMDEX 2019: Terma to supply Indonesia’s KCR-60M class with C-Series Combat Suite

    Key Points Indonesia has awarded Terma a contract to supply the C-Series Combat Suite for the KCR-60M fast attack craft Procurement marks a further evolution of combat systems found on the vessel type Terma has received a contract to supply the Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia

  • UDT 2019: Navies develop data analytics technology to boost operational availability

    Navies are using data analysis technology to augment platform and weapon system availability to underpin requirements for greater presence and output at sea, naval officials said on 13 May at the 2019 Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) conference being held in Stockholm from 13 to 15 May. The need

  • Navy League 2019: Northrop Grumman gears up for SEWIP Block 3 production

    Northrop Grumman has begun work on two low-rate initial production (LRIP) Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 electronic-attack systems for the US Navy (USN). Speaking to Jane’s on 8 May at the 2019 Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space exposition, which was held in

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