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  • Modern Day Marine 2018: USMC may need equipment mods to match naval team refocus

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) needs to modify some its equipment to make it more easily transportable by US Navy (USN) ships, said Colonel Michael Manning, Corps manager for Ground Combat Element Systems, at the Modern Day Marine conference at Marine Corps Base, Quantico, on 25 September. The USMC and

  • Singapore unveils new Littoral Mission Vessel simulation centre

    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has inaugurated a dedicated simulation centre designed to provide nearly the full spectrum of instruction, from operator component training to full-mission rehearsals, to crews assigned to its Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs). The new LMV

  • US Navy demonstration converts heat into sound

    The US Navy has demonstrated a sonar made from carbon nanotubes, called a thermophone, that takes heat and converts it into sound without any moving parts. The demonstration was conducted using a small unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) during the annual Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX)

  • USN, JFD develop combat-navigation module for divers

    The US Navy (USN) Naval Surface Warfare Center – Panama City Division and subsea-capability provider James Fisher and Sons’ JFD have developed an advanced hands-free combat diver navigation module called Shadow Nav. Designed to help divers conduct accurate underwater navigation missions

  • Lockheed Martin’s eCASS will support F-35C in 2020

    Key Points Lockheed Martin’s eCASS automated test equipment will support the F-35C in 2020 eCASS is designed to enable aircraft to return to operational status quickly and efficiently Lockheed Martin’s electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS) will support the F-35C

  • BEL awarded USD1.28 billion order for LRSAM systems for the Indian Navy

    India’s public-sector company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) announced on 5 September that it has been awarded orders worth INR92 billion (USD1.28 billion) from two Indian shipyards to supply seven Barak-8 (also known as the Barak LR) area-defence missile systems to the Indian Navy (IN).

  • Vigy Engage selected for Project SEA 1180 OPVs

    Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia has been selected by Saab Australia to provide the latest version of its Vigy Engage electro-optical surveillance and fire control multisensor system as part of the situational awareness suite to equip 12 new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) being procured

  • First wideband Sonar 2093 minehunting sonar accepted by RN

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has formally accepted into service a new wideband version of the Sonar 2093 variable depth minehunting sonar following the successful completion of first-of-class sea trials on the Sandown-class minehunter HMS Grimsby. Thales UK was in 2015 awarded a GBP33.5 million (USD43.1

  • USN awards cruiser USS Cowpens modernisation contract

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command awarded General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company a USD147.7 million firm-fixed-price contract to overhaul and upgrade the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) on 14 August. This long-term availability will include a

  • ONR commences FXR radar studies

    The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has contracted Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon to perform initial studies in support of the US Navy’s (USN’s) Future X-band Radar (FXR) development. Intended as a retrofit to existing ships, as well as a forward fit for new construction

  • Scanter 6002 radar selected for Australia’s SEA 1180 OPVs

    Australia’s SEA 1180 Phase 1 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) will be equipped with the Scanter 6002 air and surface surveillance radar system from Terma. A contract for the system was signed between Saab Australia and Terma in May 2018, the latter revealed in an announcement in late July the

  • Indonesia restores damaged sonar on Diponegoro-class corvette

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has restored the hull-mounted sonar system of its Diponegoro (Sigma)-class corvette that ran aground in January 2015. The vessel, KRI Frans Kaisiepo (368), ran aground while navigating the Surabaya Western Shipping Route (Alur

  • Lockheed Martin to provide radar for Japan’s Aegis Ashore BMD systems

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on 30 July that it has selected the Lockheed Martin Solid State Radar (SSR) for the two land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems, which the country plans to install. The two radars will cost a total of about JPY248 billion (USD2.3

  • Indonesia reveals details of Chinese sensors installed onboard KCR-60M vessels

    Key Points Indonesia has installed Chinese-made fire-control, search radars on two of its KCR-60M fast attack craft Equipment provides vessels with a more potent defence against hostile aircraft and precision-guided munitions In line with the installation of Type 630 30 mm close-in weapon system

  • South Korea names seventh KSS-2 submarine, targets launch for April

    Key Points South Korea is preparing to launch its seventh KSS-2 submarine Vessel will bolster the country's ability to conduct extended underwater operations The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has named its seventh Type 214 KSS 2-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) with air-independent

  • NATO allies to review possible naval mission in Eastern Mediterranean

    NATO is to review an appeal from its members Turkey and Germany for allied naval intervention to monitor the flow of migrants across the Aegean Sea, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. "The ministers will address this issue because the migration crisis is of great concern to

  • India expands defence collaboration with Malaysia and Singapore

    India has agreed to expand defence industrial co-operation with Malaysia and Singapore. The accords were announced during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's four-day visit to Southeast Asia, which concluded on 24 November. During Modi's visit to Malaysia he pledged to enhance defence ties across

  • China, France sign technology co-operation agreements

    China and France have signed agreements to foster collaboration across a range of hi-tech sectors with many linked to defence. According to official statements on 30 January, the two countries will pursue co-operation programmes in sectors including commercial aerospace, nuclear technologies and

  • Atlas buys Marine Sonic Technology business

    The US subsidiary of Germany's Atlas Elektronik announced on 24 November that it has reached a deal to acquire the business of Marine Sonic Technology Limited (MSTL). The companies did not release the terms of the deal. Yorktown, Virginia-based MSTL specialises in high-resolution side scan sonar

  • US Navy trials Fire Scout with new maritime search radar

    The US Navy has begun trials of the Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter fitted with a new maritime surface search radar, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) disclosed on 16 June. Test sorties of the Fire Scout equipped with the Telephonics AN/ZPY-4(V)1 maritime search radar

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