• USN eyes infrastructure upgrades for refuelled Los Angeles-class submarines

    The US Navy (USN) is preparing to upgrade pier facilities to accommodate refuelled Los Angeles (SSN 688)-class nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs), Admiral Frank Caldwell, Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, said on 7 November during the Naval Submarine League’s Annual 36th Symposium

  • Philippine Navy frigate to receive upgrades

    Philippine Navy (PN) frigate BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) will undergo upgrades of its communication, weapon, and fire-control systems while undergoing repair for the damage sustained on 29 August when it ran aground near Half Moon (also known as Hasa-Hasa) Shoal during a routine patrol in the

  • Thales introduces Altesse-H CESM/COMINT suite

    Thales has revealed details of the new Altesse-H communications ESM/communications intelligence (CESM/COMINT) suite to be supplied for the French Navy’s five new FTI (Frégates de taille intermédiaire) intermediate frigates. Based on the company’s own TRC 6460 V/UHF receiver,

  • Lockheed Martin to provide Aegis Baseline K2 for three RoKN destroyers

    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a USD365.7 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) contract by the US Navy (USN) to provide three Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) guided-missile destroyers with the Baseline K2 version of the Aegis Combat System, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 30 October.

  • HGH Infrared secures SPYNEL sale for African warship order

    French electro-optics house HGH Infrared Systems has won a multimillion Euro contract from an undisclosed shipyard to supply its SPYNEL-X panoramic infrared search-and-track system for three new warships on order for an African navy. Designed to provide wide area passive surveillance, SPYNEL-X can

  • Euronaval 2018: TKMS pushes ahead lithium-ion submarine battery

    ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) is nearing completion of its effort to adapt a commercially available lithium-ion battery cell for submarine use, the company told Jane’s at the Euronaval 2018 naval exhibition in Paris. A propagation test carried out by partner SAFT verified the inherent

  • Euronaval 2018: Controp launches iSea-25HD EO/IR payload

    Israel’s Controp Precision Technologies has expanded its family of maritime surveillance products with the addition of the new iSea-25HD electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) payload. Launched at Euronaval 2018 in Paris, the iSea-25HD has been optimised for small boat applications and remote

  • Euronaval 2018: MTU introduces integrated machinery control system upgrades

    With the Callosum MT machinery control system now available on the market, including the upcoming German Navy MKS 180 surface combatant programme, MTU is introducing a variety of features that offer operators more operational insight and integrate additional functionalities. The solution can now

  • Euronaval 2018: Lockheed Martin considers propulsion options for FFG(X)

    Lockheed Martin is examining a different propulsion system layout for its US Navy (USN) guided-missile frigate (FFG(X)) offering, which is based on the company’s Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the contractor said on 23 October during a media briefing at Euronaval in Paris. The

  • M-class frigates to receive IFF upgrade

    The Netherlands’ Defence Material Organisation (DMO) has contracted Thales for the supply of new Mode 5/S identification friend-or-foe (IFF) systems for retrofit to the six M-class frigates serving in the navies of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Portugal. As well as the supply of the IFF

  • Paseo XLR to extend gaze of FTI frigate

    Safran Electronics & Defense has revealed new details of the Paseo XLR extended-range electro-optical sighting system selected for France’s five-ship Frégate de taille intermédiaire (FTI) frigate programme. Naval Group contracted Safran at the end of 2017 to supply Paseo XLR for

  • Euronaval 2018: Thales pitches NS50 dual-axis multibeam radar to small warship, support vessel market

    Thales has announced the launch of a new dual-axis multibeam active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar designed to provide surveillance and target indication for small warships, offshore patrol vessels, and amphibious/afloat support shipping. The new rotating single-face X-band system,

  • Face facts: Sea Fire multifunction radar takes shape for FTI frigate

    Key Points Thales is developing the Sea Fire multifunction radar for the French Navy’s FTI frigate A first fully populated AESA antenna face has begun tower testing at Limours Thales Land & Air Systems – France has commenced far field antenna testing of its new Sea Fire S-band

  • Vista contracted for additional F50-ER1 air surveillance radar

    The US Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR’s) Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) has awarded Vista Research Inc a USD36.2 million contract for the supply and in-service support of 2D air surveillance radar to equip Expeditionary Sea Base (T-ESB) and Expeditionary Fast

  • Unmanned Aviation Warfare Center equipment installed on carrier Eisenhower

    The US Navy (USN) reached a technical milestone towards the operation of aircraft carrier-borne unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) with the recent installation of Unmanned Aviation Warfare Center (UAWC) equipment aboard USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69). USN officials announced on 16 October the

  • US NAVSEA assumes maintenance functions for Western Pacific ship maintenance and repairs

    US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has formally assumed responsibility for ship maintenance availabilities at the US Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) from Commander, US Pacific Fleet (USPACFLT). NAVSEA’s responsibilities include the oversight of

  • Australia trials new corrosion-resistant coating on helicopter carrier

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is trialling a new corrosion-resistant coating on the hydraulic components of its first-of-class helicopter carrier HMAS Canberra (L 02), with the aim of reducing biofouling on the ship. The trials are being conducted in collaboration with the Swinburne University of

  • Canada gives green light to Halifax-class frigate ASW upgrade

    A team led by General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada has been contracted to deliver a major anti-submarine warfare (ASW) upgrade for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) 12 Halifax-class frigates. The Underwater Warfare Suite Upgrade (UWSU) is designed to provide the Halifax-class

  • Thales reveals SONOFLASH dual-mode sonobuoy

    Thales’ Underwater Systems business has disclosed the development of a new combined active/passive sonobuoy intended to meet the French Navy’s anti-submarine warfare (ASW) needs. Known as SONOFLASH, the development and follow-on production of the new A-size buoy is intended to

  • USN preparing to acquire nuclear components for Columbia class

    The US Navy (USN) will soon be purchasing equipment for its Columbia-class submarines, which will replace the service’s Ohio-class strategic nuclear missile fleet, said Admiral James Caldwell Jr, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. “We’ll start buying reactor plant

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