• Navy League 2019: USMC pushes ahead with AI experimentation, integration

    The US Marine Corp (USMC) is taking steps to better understand artificial intelligence (AI) technology and how it could be integrated into the service’s weapon systems, with numerous experiments currently under way, according to the commander of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory.

  • Navy League 2019: Lockheed Martin anticipates HELIOS CDR in early 2020

    The critical design review (CDR) for the Lockheed Martin High-Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) system is planned for the first quarter of 2020, the company confirmed on 1 May during a press briefing in advance of the Navy League Sea-Air-Space conference between

  • Kongsberg to supply additional bridge simulators for RAN

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has awarded Kongsberg Digital a contract for the delivery of two new K-Sim Full Mission Bridge simulators at the HMAS Watson Bridge Simulator Facility in Watsons Bay, Sydney, according to a 2 May statement by the Norway-based company. The simulators will be used for

  • Navy League 2019: Arctic operations continue to be hampered by lack of sufficient observational data

    Operational capability in the Arctic will remain “extremely limited” until the number of atmospheric observations across the region is increased, the commander of the US Naval Meterorology and Oceanography Command has warned. Speaking at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space

  • Navy League 2019: Northrop Grumman launches SeaFind

    Northrop Grumman unveiled a new compact next-generation maritime inertial navigation system at the Sea-Air-Space symposium. The Sea Fiber Optic Inertial Navigation with Data Distribution (SeaFind) system features enhanced fibre-optic gyro technology, which provides it with the same level of

  • Navy League 2019: LCS to soon get variable depth sonar for ASW testing

    An AN/SQS-62 variable depth sonar (VDS) is to soon be installed on Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and is slated to start developmental testing in September 2019, Randy Brandenburg, Raytheon’s seapower business development executive, told Jane’s . The shipborne

  • Navy League 2019: AMDR flexibility, scalability touted as components readied for first ship

    As Raytheon readies to transport the first below-deck equipment for AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) to be installed in the guided-missile destroyer Flight III Arleigh Burke-class DDG 125, the company is developing ways to tap the radar’s flexibility and scalability for other

  • ONR frames requirement for Advanced Targeting Concepts Development

    The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is canvassing industry for ideas and concepts to help the US Navy (USN) develop future over-the-horizon (OTH) targeting networks. Study activity is intended to inform the ONR and USN on how to best overcome technology limitations and provide recommendations to

  • Thales selected by UK for ORCA upgrade

    Thales UK has won out in the race to replace the command information facilities fitted to the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) mine countermeasures (MCM) fleet, beating off competition from incumbent BAE Systems and a QinetiQ/Saab team. Under the Oceanographic Reconnaissance Combat Architecture

  • India restarts work on coastal radars in Maldives

    India has resumed the installation of coastal surveillance radar stations across the Maldives to enhance the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) maritime domain awareness (MDA) in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Official sources in New Delhi said India had restarted work on Phase II of the INR6 billion

  • ONR lays down markers for long-endurance soft-kill decoy

    The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is launching a concept design effort intended to address US Navy (USN) needs for a next-generation expendable offboard decoy system able to stay airborne on station for at least one hour. Known as the Long Endurance Advanced Off-board Electronic Warfare (AOEW)

  • The Bahamas commissions new radar to improve maritime security

    The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) commissioned a new radar on 17 April as part of its new maritime security strategy, which focuses on decentralising the RBDF and acquiring new technologies to improve monitoring and surveillance operations. The newly commissioned long-range coastal radar was

  • Indian Navy unveils virtual reality centre to boost local ship designing

    The Indian Navy (IN) has inaugurated a virtual reality centre (VRC) to augment its domestic warship design capabilities and boost the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, which is aimed at achieving greater self-reliance. Unveiled on 12 April by IN Chief of Staff Admiral Sunil

  • US Navy completes developmental testing of AN/AQS-20C towed mine-hunting sonar

    The US Navy has completed developmental testing of the AN/AQS-20C mine-hunting towed sonar, bringing the system closer to being inducted into the fleet. “AN/AQS-20C is ready for integration to mine countermeasures unmanned surface vehicle unmanned surface vehicle (MCM USV) in 2020”,

  • Jamaica orders Thales’s coastal surveillance system

    The Jamaican Government has ordered several Thales’s Coast Watcher 100 coastal surveillance systems to strengthen its capabilities. Under the USD30 million contract, the company will supply the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) with a turnkey system built around several Coast Watcher 100 radars,

  • Japanese Aegis Ashore will not feature CEC system

    Japan’s two Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems will not be equipped with the US-developed Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) real-time sensor netting system, according to the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo. “We have decided not to equip the

  • Australian navy to overhaul IT equipment

    The IT equipment used on Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships will receive a major overhaul worth about AUD600 million (USD429 million), Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne and Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds announced on 9 April. The government plans to strengthen the RAN’s

  • Saab to deliver Sea Giraffe AMB radars for Canada’s Joint Support Ships

    Saab has been contracted by Lockheed Martin Canada to supply Sea Giraffe AMB 3-D surveillance radars for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) two new Protecteur-class Joint Support Ships (JSS). Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd is prime contractor for the JSS programme under the

  • Royal Canadian Navy to use AR for maintenance and training

    The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has begun to test augmented reality (AR) software developed by Kognitiv Spark to help technicians improve maintenance and repairs on board active naval vessels. The Mixed Reality Remote Assistant Support (MIRRAS) system, developed on Kognitv Spark’s

  • SMART-L MM/N BMD radar installed on first LCF frigate

    The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) air defence and command frigate (LCF) HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën has become the first ship of its class to receive the new SMART-L MM/N L-band long-range radar. Developed and manufactured by Thales Nederland, the SMART-L MM/N radar (previously known as SMART-L

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