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  • AQS-24 Continues
    AQS-24 Continues January 13 2020
    Northrop Grumman made statements about AQS-24 sonar tests. Tests were carried out with Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vessel (MCM USV). Tthe AQS-24 system completed the initial sea trials. It was stated that the tests performed according to the new generation Deploy and retrieval system were finalized in the planned direction. AQS-24B, which is used in minesweeping tasks, is capable of real-time detection, localisation and classification. Effective ag...
  • Frigate Support to the Navy
    Frigate Support to the Navy November 12 2019
    The Republic of Korea launched a new, guided-missile frigate equipped with advanced sonar and propulsion systems. The platform, called Seoul, is 122 meters long. The 122-meter-long ship is equipped with guided missiles and guns and can carry a helicopter for marine operations. The warship boasts of advanced anti-submarine patrol and combat capabilities, as it employs an advanced sonar system as well as a hybrid propulsion system that reduces the level of noise the vessel makes underwater. Acc...
  • Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes
    Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes November 11 2019
    Ukraine’s Defence Ministry has initiated works on building at least four corvettes for the country’s navy, the ministry’s official news agency ArmyInform reported on Sept. 18. The process will start with resuming the construction of the Volodymyr the Great corvette as the lead vessel of Project 58250 class of perspective warships. Navy initiated building back in 2011, but there is almost no progress since then. Turkey and the United States are ready to su...
  • Green Light from Greece to France
    Green Light from Greece to France October 15 2019
    Greece has been looking for new frigates in its inventory. While talking about the procure of Adelaide-class guided-missile frigates who retired in the Australian Navy, it was on the agenda to focus on France’s multi-purpose Belharra frigates. Greek Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos said he had signed a statement of intent for the acquisition with his French counterpart. Panagiotopoulos, adding that there was “a long way to go” before an agreement is reached on the requ...
  • Decision to Continue Production
    Decision to Continue Production September 5 2019
    Russia has begun the design of the A-42 aircraft to replace the Beriev Be-12 Chayka (NATO Code: Mail) maritime patrol aircraft. Its design was suspended in 1993. Now the aircraft will be modernized and accepted into service. Defence Ministry sources told the decision in principle to resume A-42 production had been made. The ministry is drafting tactical and technical requirements to the upgraded project. The main one is to create a universal antisubmarine and rescue aircraft. So far...
  • Old Bird Get Renewed August 11 2019
    The Russian Navy to begin the modernization of the Be-12 Chayka (NATO Code: Mail) maritime patrol aircraft. Platform, which will be equipped with a new sonar, scanning sensors and a MAD (Magnetic Anomaly Detector) as well as new depth charges and torpedoes. The flying boat is considered the oldest aircraft in service with the Russian fleet. The Be-12 made its maiden flight back in 1960, and its production was completed in 1973. The new equipment will be able to give Chayka a second life. Chay...
  • Unmanned Era on MineSweeper
    Unmanned Era on MineSweeper August 10 2019
    The unmanned surface vessel of the SLAMF/MMCM (Système de Lutte Anti-Mines du Futur / Maritime Mine Counter Measures) program carried out a demonstration of its capabilities in Brest harbour in June 2019. Testing with teams from the French Navy, French Armament General Directorate (DGA) and Thales is ongoing while qualification for the whole system is set for December this year. SLAMF results from Franco-British cooperation initiated in 2010 as part of the Lancaster House agr...
  • Sector News Issue 76 August 9 2019
    The first British P-8 Poseidon Flies Desert Warrior’s New Name Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation Navy to Work with Northrop Grumman Robots on the Field First Griffon Delivered ACAR-K Radar is in the Inventory of Argentine Armed Forces Turkey's First Electric Armoured Vehicle Began Testing 53 percent Growth from STM Hürjet Counting Down Days ...
  • Second Maya-Class Received
    Second Maya-Class Received July 18 2019
      Japan Marine United Corporation launched the second Maya-class guided missile destroyer for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force on 17 July. Named Haguro, the 170 m-long vessels will use the Aegis Baseline J7 supported by the Lockheed Martin/Raytheon AN/SPY-1D(V) phased array radar. The ship, which cost about USD1.6 billion to build, is expected to be commissioned in March 2021. The first-of-class Maya, which was launched on 30 July 2018. The maritime tests of the ...
  • India and Myanmar Co-operate
    India and Myanmar Co-operate July 16 2019
      India has delivered the first batch of Advanced Light Torpedo Shyena to Myanmar as part of an export deal worth $37.9 million which was signed in 2017. The Shyena is 2.75 m long, self-homing weighs 220 kg and can be filled with 50 kg of explosives. Between India and Myanmar, with the former also previously having supplied the latter with acoustic drones, naval sonars and other military equipment. The two countries have also reportedly stepped up cooperation in their...
  • Double Support to the Navy
    Double Support to the Navy June 21 2019
      The Philippine Navy (PN) commissioned two Leonardo AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters and four Korean Amphibious Assault Vehicles (KAAVs) in a ceremony held on 17 June at the Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite City. The AW159s as part of a USD 101 million contract signed with Leonardo in 2016, feature anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. The rotorcraft are expected to be deployed from the PN's two José Rizal-class frigates. The first of these frigates ...
  • Russian Navy to Detect Torpedoes Better May 20 2019
      Russia has added a new one to the steps for increasing navy vessel capability increase works. According to the statement made by JSC, some platforms in the Russian Navy will be modernised increase their anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. Project 1144.2 Orlan (NATO Code: Kirov) class RFNS Admiral Nakhimov (080) and RFNS Pyotr Velikiy (099) battlecruisers will be equipped with Paket-NK torpedo defence systems. The same system will also be used on the Project 2...
  • UK Modernization for Estonian Ships
    UK Modernization for Estonian Ships May 16 2019
    Estonia's Sandown class mines have been modernized in the United Kingdom. Within the scope of modernization; Thales 2093 variable depth sonar, replaced with Thales 2193 hull-mounted sonar. In this way, the platforms became more compatible with the shallow waters of the Baltic. In the work carried out in Rosyth-based Babcock Facilities, the combat center was modernized and the M-Cube system integration of the Thales production system. The 4 ton capacity cranes on the sh...
  • Next Gen Frigate for U.S. Navy
    Next Gen Frigate for U.S. Navy March 7 2019
    The U.S. Navy has issued a draft request for proposals for a new guided missile frigate, being acquired through the FFG(X) competition in order to buy a total of 20 ships, and the draft solicitation outlines the construction schedule for the first 10 ships in the class. The lead ship would be delivered 72 months after a contract is awarded. The contract will include an option for an additional nine ships. A final RFP will be released later this year, with a contract award ...
  • China Develops Armed USV
    China Develops Armed USV February 19 2019
      China invests significantly to support its fleet in large areas and is developing a new unmanned surface vessel (USV).   USV, called JARI USV, is 15 meters long and weighs 20 tons. The platform developed for anti-submarine warfare, surface and anti-air warfare will have equipment such as electro-optical sensors, phased-array radar, dipping sonar, a small vertical launch system with eight cells, a torpedo launcher and a stabilized weapon station. The s...
  • Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R
    Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R February 14 2019
    The Hellenic Navy plans to procure four Sikorsky MH-60R anti-submarine warfare helicopters from Sikorsky, according to a written statement to the Parliament made by Greek Defence Minister Evangelos Apostolakis. According to statement, the four helicopters will be procured through a Foreign Military Sale and a government-to-government agreement. The new MH-60Rs will replace AgustaBell AB-212ASW platforms. The Hellenic Navy currently operates a fleet of 11 S-70B/B-6 Aegean H...
  • In Latin America, the Wind Blows from the Right... November 6 2018
    The wave of populism in continental Europe casts a shadow over populisms in other corners of the world. In our previous issues, we have covered the rising tide of Right in Asia; now is the time to focus on Brazil, the regional giant of Latin America. Presidential elections in Brazil witnessed a fierce competition between the far-right, ex-army captain and Congressman Jair Bolsonaro (Social Liberal Party) and former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad (Worker’s Party). In the secon...
  • DSRV to Rescue Indian Submarines
    DSRV to Rescue Indian Submarines October 19 2018
    India has completed trials of the newly acquired submarine rescue system. During trials, vehicle strength and rescue capabilities were tested. DSRV system is procured from UK and dive to a depth of 666 meters during tests. It was reported that this depth was the deepest point that a manned vehicle could dive in Indian waters. The Indian Navy bought two DSRVs in 2016 with an agreement of US $ 270 million. There are also two DSAR-650L DSRVs, the Launch and Recovery System (LARS), the ...
  • Leonardo: NH90 Qatar Contract Now Effective: Order Booked, Advance Payment Received
    Leonardo: NH90 Qatar Contract Now Effective: Order Booked, Advance Payment Received August 22 2018
    Leonardo announces that it has made effective the contract, signed on March 14, 2018, for the supply of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters to the Ministry of Defence of Qatar and has therefore booked the order in its backlog and received the advance payment relating to the contract. The order covers 16 TTHs tactical transports and 12 NFHs naval helicopters. Leonardo acts as overall prime contractor with responsibility for the management of the entire programme...
  • Seahawk Deliveries Finished
    Seahawk Deliveries Finished August 2 2018
    Royal Danish Air Force received its last two MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. Denmark, which procured 12 helicopters to replace the Lynx helicopters in the Danish inventory, took delivery of the first three Seahawk helicopters in June 2016. The MH-60R Seahawk helicopter is a multi-purpose naval helicopter, can carry out anti-submarine warfare (ASW) with 324 mm torpedos and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) with Hellfire missile. In addition, helicopters can&n...
  • Navy Continues with Northrop Grumman
    Navy Continues with Northrop Grumman July 6 2018
    The US Navy has signed a new agreement with Northrop Grumman for the maintenance and technical support of the AN / AQS-24 mine detection system. Under the deal, which will amount to US $ 9.9 million, Northrop Grumman Undersea Systems will continue to provide maintenance, technical support, logistical support and documentation support for the systems in question. Helicopter towed AN / AQS-24 is a SONAR interfaced mine hunting system that provides detection and classification of ocean...
  • L3 Tech Unveils Iver PW
    L3 Tech Unveils Iver PW April 11 2018
    L3 Technologies unveiled its new Iver Precision Workhorse (Iver PW) autonomous undersea vehicle (AUV) at the 2018 Sea-Air-Space Exposition held between 9–11 April. Iver PW was designed for multi-domain intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), anti-submarine warfare (ASW), seabed warfare and mine warfare missions. The AUV has an extended range of 40-plus nautical miles on a single charge and includes an extended-range doppler velocity log, side-scan and bathymetric sonar....
  • 60th Issue Sector News
    60th Issue Sector News April 7 2018
    Sharp Eyes to AWACS USAF Has Had Enough New Electronic Warfare from France Printer-made Explosive New Generation Sonar System by MST Two New ANKA-Ss Delivered to TAF New Deal by STM
  • Pakistan’s Submarines Entrusted to STM
    Pakistan’s Submarines Entrusted to STM March 5 2018
    The contract signing ceremony for the second submarine under the Pakistan Navy’s Agosta 90B Class Submarine Modernisation Project was held at the premises of Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production,  with the attendance of representatives from Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production and the Pakistan Navy. The contract was signed by General Arshad Mahmood of Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production; Davut Yılmaz, General Manager of STM; and Savaş Onu...
  • Industrialization of National Sonar System Completed
    Industrialization of National Sonar System Completed January 30 2018
    The Hull-Mounted Sonar System produced by Meteksan Defense completed the industrialization process of the system's dry-end unit. According to the company's official Twitter account today, the process was completed within a period of 14 months in accordance with the project schedule and successfully passed factory acceptance tests. The first prototype of the system developed within the scope of the MILGEM Combat System Procurement Project was developed by the Research Center ...
  • Russia Introduced 'Orel'
    Russia Introduced 'Orel' July 25 2017
    Russian "Region" Scientific & Production Enterprise JSC has unveiled APR-3ME Orel (Vulture) air-launched anti-submarine torpedo at the Moscow Air Show (MAKS) 2017. Developed based on APR-3E, APR-3ME Orel is an upgraded variant of its predecessor featuring improved endurance, longer detection ranges, increased accuracy, and an anti-jamming capability. Weighing 470 kg, the new variant can engage targets located in depths of up to 800 m utilizing hydroacous...
  • Anti-submarine Capability to French Frigate
    Anti-submarine Capability to French Frigate May 5 2017
    DCNS has been awarded a modernization contract for the French Navy's La Fayette Frigates (FLF). The upgrade will begin in 2020 and the first of ship will be delivered in 2021.  Designed to fulfill prevention, protection and intervention missions, La Fayette type frigates will receive upgraded combat system and include renovations to the structure and electronic and computer systems. The FLF will be retrofitted with an anti-submarine capability with the integr...
  • Underwater Diversion: Russian 'Vist-2'
    Underwater Diversion: Russian 'Vist-2' April 3 2017
    Russia has developed a new device to disorient torpedoes' target-seeking heads and submarine sonars. Being as small as 80 cm and weighing 13,5 kg, the "Small-Size Hydroacoustic Countermeasure Device Vist-2" can be launched from a submarine or surface ship via 123mm launcher and creates a powerful acoustic hindrance, which jams hostile torpedoes or submarine sonars. Vist-2 can be transformed into a 'false target' thanks to the emiss...
  • 'Seagull' Ready For Mission
    'Seagull' Ready For Mission March 30 2017
    Elbit Systems completed operational tests of its Seagull Unmanned Surface Vessel. Seagull was designed for underwater mine hunting, mine clearing, anti-diver and anti-submarine warfare missions. The 12-meter long vessel features electro-optic and infrared sensors, various sonars along with torpedoes. It can reach a top speed of 32 knots and can be launched from a mother ship or packed in a container and airlifted to hot spots via C-17 transports. 
  • Export Contract for ARCIMS
    Export Contract for ARCIMS February 22 2017
    Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) has secured an export contract for its ARCIMS unmanned surface vehicles with an undisclosed customer. The two vehicles to be delivered will be configured to utilize anti-submarine warfare (ASW) surveillance module in order to increase the capability of persistent monitoring of underwater activity, such as submarines, mini-submarines and diver delivery vehicles.  Atlas Remote Combined Influence Minesweeping System (ARCIMS) was designed to allow ra...
  • Master of Dreams: Hunley
    Master of Dreams: Hunley February 18 2017
    One of the most distinguishing characteristics of submarines is surprise attack. Nevertheless, H. L. Hunley went down in history as the first submarine to sink a warship, although it was not completely submerged.  Each country pursuing naval supremacy may choose to enlarge their ships only to order them to go astern in the face of a submarine coming out of nowhere.  What makes them that much frightening is their capability of rapid attack. Today, measures against th...
  • Russia Submerged The Satellite into the Sea December 14 2016
    Russian Okeanpribor Concern has developed a new underwater navigation and communications system, dubbed the Positioner, which is able to determine its own location with milimetric accuracy, and exchange data with air, surface and ground control stations in real time. The Positioner features sonar buoys with satellite communications equipment Messenger-D1M, GLONASS receiver, VHF radio station and equipment for underwater communications. The system is able to patrol areas at a depth of up to ei...
  • "Imitator" Submarine by Russia December 6 2016
    Russia developed a conceptual design of an emulator robot called Surrogat that imitates submarines. Designed to be used in naval exercises, terrain mapping and reconnaissance, Surrogat has a length of 17 meters and able to imitate both conventional and nuclear-powered submarines. Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering equipped the emulator system with towed sonar arrays to reproduce hostile subs acoustic and electromagnetic fields. Lithium-ion battery of Surrogat enables the syste...
  • New System Architecture for Frigates
    New System Architecture for Frigates December 2 2016
    Chilean Navy awarded SEA, a systems engineering, software and electronic engineering services company, to upgrade the Combat System Highway (CSH) infrastructure onboard three Chilean Type 23 frigates. The upgarde of high-integrity local area network CHS will provide new open architecture system interfaces and a new remote display capability in order to enhance communication reliability between the combat management system (CMS), radar, weapon, and sonar systems. SEA plans to complete relevant...
  • Kongsberg to Upgrade Fridtjof Nansen Class Frigates
    Kongsberg to Upgrade Fridtjof Nansen Class Frigates November 27 2016
    Norwegian Kongsberg Defence Systems (KONGSBERG) has entered into agreement with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) to update the Combat Management System and the Active Sonar System of the Fridtjof Nansen class frigates. The contract value is 313 million Krone (36.5 million $) and will be delivered over four years. KONGSBERG has supplied the anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare systems based on KONGSBERG`s Combat Management System architecture and integrated w...
  • $100 Million Sonar Upgrade
    $100 Million Sonar Upgrade November 25 2016
    Thales Australia has been awarded a $100 million contract to design a major sonar system upgrade for diesel-electric Collins class submarines. The announcement was made on 23 November by the Australian Minister for Defence Industry. Thales will partner Sonartech Atlas, L3 Oceania and some suppliers from UK and France in design process. The aim is to improve sonar sensor arrays and signal processing systems aboard the submarines. 
  • INS Chennai Comissioned
    INS Chennai Comissioned November 23 2016
    India commissioned its new Kolkata-class (Project 15A) guided missile destroyer, INS Chennai, at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. INS Chennai is the third vessel of this class, after INS Kolkata and INS Kochi, which were comissioned in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Indigenously designed Kolkata-class vessels were built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders and have an overall length of 163 meters with 7 thousand 500 ton-displacement. INS Chennai is equipped with a modern surveillance radar, indigenously de...
  • New Watchman to Naval Platforms
    New Watchman to Naval Platforms November 23 2016
    Atlas Elektronik UK has been awarded two contracts for its Cerberus Diver Detection Sonar (DDS) Systems by undisclosed Middle and Far Eastern customers. The lightweight, easily deployable system have been designed to detect and classify open and closed circuit divers, swimmers, swimmer delivery vehicles and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV’s). 
  • India Scouting for New Corvette
    India Scouting for New Corvette November 2 2016
    The Indian Navy is to issue a Request for Information regarding seven next generation corvettes to replace Khukri-class vessels. The project will be conducted under Make in India initiative and open ofr both private and state-run shipyards. One of the applicants to the RFI will be the Relience Defence and Engineering Limited company, Managing Director of which stated that they were capable of building various types of warships in their shipyard, in shorter times than expected. The corv...
  • Shortest Time-Highest Performance
    Shortest Time-Highest Performance November 1 2016
    Northrop Grumman has launched its AQS-24B mine hunting system at the Unmanned Warrior exercise on ARCIMS unmanned surface vessel (USV). The exercise is organised by the UK Royal Navy and held off the coasts of Scotland and West Wales. The AQS-24B and ACRIMS combination demonstrated high-speed (18 knots) mine countermeasure capability, as the new system features a high-speed synthetic aperture sonar (HSSAS) and an optical laser line scan sensor. With AQS-24B, naval platforms will be able to de...