• Brazil’s new Antarctic expedition commences

    Polar vessel Almirante Maximiano (H-41) departed Rio de Janeiro on 8 October to start Brazil’s 38th Antarctic expedition, “Operação Antártica: OPERANTAR XXXVIII”. The country’s other oceanographic support vessel, Ary Rongel (H-44), will join the expedition

  • ONR awards contracts for long-endurance soft-kill decoy payloads

    The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded small-scale 12-month concept-design contracts for radio frequency (RF) and electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) payloads intended to equip a next-generation expendable offboard decoy system able to stay airborne on station for at least one hour. Known

  • Pacific 2019: Leonardo postures AWHero for Australia’s SEA 129 Phase 5

    Key Points Leonardo Helicopters is proposing its AWHero rotor-wing UAS for Australia’s SEA 129 Phase 5 project The system is being touted as the only contender that is backed by a helicopter manufacturer Leonardo Helicopters is positioning its AWHero rotary-wing unmanned aircraft system

  • Russia links maritime patrol aircraft to UAV

    Russian maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) are being equipped with datalinks to enable them to receive targeting feeds from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The aim of the upgrade is to enable Russian Naval Aviation Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Forpost UAVs to directly communicate with airborne

  • Pacific 2019: Austal introduces line of autonomous ships to Asia-Pacific

    Austal is making an inaugural showcase of its autonomous ships in the Asia-Pacific region at the Pacific 2019 international maritime exposition in Sydney. Speaking to Jane’s at the exposition, Paul Sparke, Austal’s marketing manager, described the line as concepts that have been

  • Pacific 2019: UMS Skeldar positions ViDAR-equipped V-200 for Asia-Pacific customers

    Key Points UMS Skeldar has introduced a ViDAR-equipped variant of the V-200 unmanned aerial vehicle The variant is being positioned as a persistent maritime surveillance system that requires minimal intervention UMS Skeldar is showcasing a variant of its V-200 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that

  • Finland receives interim Torpedo System 45

    Finland has received Torpedo System 45 lightweight torpedo assets on loan from Sweden for installation on board the Hamina-class strike craft FNS Tornio . The loan arrangement forms part of a wider bilateral co-operation, formalised by Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) and the

  • Safran contracted for key systems for Project SEA 1000 submarines

    Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia has been contracted to design three major combat system components for Australia’s Future Submarine programme. The AUD36.77 million (USD24.8 million) contract, announced by Lockheed Martin Australia and the Australian Department of Defence on 8

  • Pacific 2019: Australia trials ScanEagle UAV for MCM operations

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) 822X Squadron has begun conducting trials of the ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to assess its suitability for mine countermeasure (MCM) operations. The trials are being conducted with a ScanEagle vehicle that has been equipped with a

  • Pacific 2019: DSIT launches SwordFish towed array sonar for export market

    Key Points DSIT has received approval to market a lightweight anti-submarine sonar system to international customers The system allows operators to conduct anti-submarine patrols from vessels as light as 400 tonnes Israeli company DSIT Solutions has received approval from its government to export

  • Pacific 2019: Austal unveils proposal for Philippine OPV programme

    Key Points Austal has provided more details of its proposal for the Philippine Navy’s offshore patrol vessel procurement programme The company is hopeful that the programme will be exempted from a ban on aid from countries that supported an inquiry into President Duterte’s war on drugs

  • Pacific 2019: Australia progresses crew workflow design for Attack class

    Key Points Lockheed Martin Australia is employing a proprietary modelling software to design workspaces on board the Attack-class submarines The software will assist in flagging potential areas where crew overload could occur under various operational scenarios Lockheed Martin Australia has

  • Queen Elizabeth completes rotary-wing development testing

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has completed a second phase of rotary-wing development as part of the ongoing ‘WESTLANT 19’ carrier strike group deployment. Undertaken in waters off Newport and Mayport on the US eastern seaboard, the trial, conducted by a

  • Pacific 2019: Australia equips hydrographic survey vessel with ScanEagle UAS

    Key Points Australia has equipped its lead Leeuwin-class naval hydrographic ship with the ScanEagle unmanned aerial system The vessel will be used as a platform to establish operational parameters for unmanned systems on future vessels The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has equipped its lead

  • USN starts cruiser USS Hué City modernisation

    The US Navy (USN) recently started the modernisation of guided-missile cruiser USS Hué City (CG 66) to put the ship through extensive structural, mechanical, and combat systems upgrades, particularly for air defence command. With the upgrades, the cruiser – which has been in service for

  • USN pushes carriers through maintenance availabilities

    Having completed its Tailored Ship’s Training Availability/Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP) in the latter half of September, aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69) is gearing up for its Integrated Phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan as the ship transitions back to the

  • Squadron 2020 order marks first for Saab’s SLIM integrated sensor mast

    Saab has confirmed that the four new Pohjanmaa-class corvettes being procured by Finland under the Squadron 2020 corvette programme will be the first ships to receive the company’s SLIM [Saab Lightweight Integrated Mast] integrated sensor mast. Finland’s Defence Forces Logistics Command

  • Schneider receives contract to design electrical system on Attack-class submarine

    Schneider Electric France has been awarded a subcontract to design the main direct current (DC) switchboard for Australia’s new Attack-class submarines. The switchboard will control, and manage the distribution of power between the submarine’s diesel generators, batteries, main motor,

  • Singapore, US navies sharpen combat interoperability at ‘Pacific Griffin’

    Key Points Navies of Singapore and the United States have begun a series of complex warfighting exercises off the coast of Guam The exercise provides Singapore with the opportunity to hone its capabilities at firing longer-range naval weapons The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the US Navy

  • Philippine Navy decommissions Second World War-era corvette

    The Philippine Navy has decommissioned another PCE 827-class corvette, BRP Cebu (28). The vessel, which was launched by Albina Machine and Engine Works in Portland, United States, in 1944, was retired in a decommissioning ceremony on 1 October after 71 years of service in the Philippines. Cebu

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