Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FS Nivôse Suffers Major Fire

Official photo

Paris September 30, 2014 (Google Translation) - On the night of September 29 to 30, a massive fire broke out aboard the frigate monitoring Nivôse currently deployed off the coast of La Réunion. No injuries were reported.
The fire broke out in the PC Engine and has spread to local machines. The immediate response of the crew helped control the fire. The surveillance frigate Floreal joined Nivôse to give assistance. This morning, September 30 the fire is extinguished, no injuries reported. The families have been informed.

Monday, September 29, 2014

New Undersea Warfare EDGE Innovation Centre to Focus on Operation-enhancing Capabilities for Royal Canadian Navy

Halifax September 29, 2014 - General Dynamics Canada announced the opening of the 17th EDGE facility in the EDGE® Innovation Network. The new Undersea Warfare EDGE Innovation Centre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia will become a vital resource that brings Canada's top naval technology suppliers together with academia and government to develop leading-edge, operation-enhancing capabilities for the Royal Canadian Navy and ally naval fleets around the world as they look to reestablish critical capability in the face of new threats.
The Undersea Warfare EDGE facility will harness capabilities and technologies that enhance relationships with Canadian small businesses, expand national supply chains and position Canadian industry to meet the Navy's needs while promoting a continuous lifecycle of innovation. The immediate focus will be on meeting Canada's defence and security needs for the Canadian Surface Combatant, as well as across the entire spectrum of undersea warfare, including Canada's Arctic domain.
The Centre is located within General Dynamics Canada's state-of-the-art 46,000 square-foot facility in Nova Scotia , close to key Canadian military naval and air bases. This unique, open environment facility encourages military personnel to visit and engage with the EDGE team and its global members to experiment first-hand with advanced technologies and products. The Centre will feature the latest sensor technology, novel signal processing and display techniques; advances in automatic detection and classification, multi-sensor integration for maximum situational awareness; and integrated undersea warfare training systems.
"We are honoured to sponsor the latest EDGE Innovation Centre in our facility in Nova Scotia ," said David Ibbetson , vice president of General Dynamics C4 Systems International. "Each EDGE member brings to the partnership unique perspectives and experiences as well as their expertise.  This combination helps to rapidly bring to market innovative solutions that can be applied at home as well as exported to the world. Participating in the EDGE is especially helpful for small businesses, as it gives them an unprecedented platform to showcase their innovation and capability on the international stage."

Saab Receives Order from FMV to Overhaul the Submarine HMS Halland

NATO photo

September 29, 2014 - Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to overhaul the submarine HMS Halland. The order covers the period 2014-2015 and is valued at MSEK 130. The order is part of the letter of intent regarding the Swedish armed forces’ underwater capability, which was announced on 9 June 2014. 
The overhaul includes all the necessary measures to ensure the submarine's operational availability. According to HMS Halland’s standard maintenance plan this type of overhaul is conducted every six years. One provision of the contract is to define future needs for maintenance, which could result in additional work being contracted separately during the period. 
“Maintenance of Swedish surface vessels and submarines is an important part of our ongoing business. It is also important to ensure the customer's long term operational capability,” says Gunilla Fransson, head of Saab's business area Security and Defence Solutions. 
Work based on the order will be carried during 2014 and 2015 at the Saab Kockums shipyard in Karlskrona. Saab Kockums is a business unit within Saab's business area Security and Defence Solutions. 
Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs. 

Saab Wins Swedish Navy Order for ROVs

Saab photo

September 29, 2014 - Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for ten ROV systems (Remotely Operated Vehicle), which will be deployed operationally for seabed surveys, inspections, light underwater operations and recovery of objects. Saab will fulfil the deliveries using the Seaeye Falcon system, which is being adapted to meet FMV's specifications.
The systems, which will be delivered as stand-alone systems, will be introduced and partially integrated aboard patrol boats and auxiliary ships operated by the Swedish Navy.
"This is another example of how Saab combines civil and military technology and adapts it for the requirements and purposes stipulated by the military. Over the years, we have developed and established unique expertise within the field and we are delighted and proud of being able to deliver the system to the customer," says Agneta Kammeby, Head of the Underwater Systems business unit at Dynamics.
The systems will be delivered within 12 months.
For the past ten years, the Saab Seaeye Falcon has been the obvious choice for many of the world's leading users of ROV systems for both civil and military purposes. Falcon is a proven and highly qualified ROV and is available with many advanced tools and customised accessories.

Raytheon awarded $251 million Tomahawk missile contract


Tucson September 26, 2014 - The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company a $251 million contract to procure  tactical cruise missiles for fiscal year 2014 with an option for 2015.
The contract calls for Raytheon to build and deliver Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles to the U.S. Navy and U.K. Royal Navy. Raytheon will also conduct flight tests and provide life-cycle support. Production and delivery of the missiles is scheduled to begin in 2015.
"Tomahawk Block IV continues to be our Nation's weapon of choice to defeat high value targets and integrated air defense systems," said Capt. Joseph Mauser, U.S. Navy Tomahawk program manager. "With more than 2,000 combat missions and 500 successful flight tests, Tomahawk has proven its outstanding reliability and effectiveness."
The Tomahawk Block IV missile includes a two-way satellite data-link that enables a strike controller to flex the missile in-flight to preprogrammed alternate targets or redirect to an alternate or more time critical target.
"Tomahawk's record of reliability, effectiveness and accuracy is unmatched by any other tactical cruise missile in the world today," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice president. "Raytheon and the U.S. Navy are working to bring even greater capability to this already sophisticated weapon."

Sikorsky S-92® Helicopter Marks a Decade of Trusted Service and Performance


Stratford CT September 24, 2014 - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced that September marks the 10-year anniversary of delivery of the first production S-92® helicopter. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. 
“On behalf of Sikorsky, I would like to congratulate and thank all of our customers, suppliers and employees upon reaching this milestone,” said Carey Bond, President, Sikorsky Commercial Systems & Services. “We are incredibly proud of this aircraft’s accomplishments, especially in safety and reliability, and look forward to continued success of the platform.”
The first S-92 helicopter was delivered to PHI, Inc. in September 2004. Since then, Sikorsky has delivered more than 200 S-92 helicopters to customers throughout the world. The fleet has reached more than 750,000 flight hours, with nearly 90 percent of those hours providing offshore oil and gas worker transportation. S-92 helicopters also perform search and rescue missions, heads of state missions, and a variety of transportation missions for utility and airline passengers.
“From the moment we first heard about the S-92, we were excited about the aircraft,” said Al Gonsoulin, CEO and Chairman of the Board for PHI, Inc. “Over the past decade, our S-92 helicopters have been reliable, cost effective, technologically advanced, and most importantly, safe.”
In November 2013, PHI, Inc. also became the first customer to complete an operational flight of the new “Rig Approach” system. Rig Approach is a first of its kind functionality on the S-92 helicopter that provides helicopter operators with an automated approach to offshore rig and platform landings.
In May, Sikorsky was selected to build the next generation of Marine One helicopters for use by the U.S. Marine Corps in supporting the Office of the President of the United States. The Marine One fleet will be based on the S-92 helicopter, increasing the number of countries that fly heads of state missions using the S-92 aircraft to nearly a dozen.
“We’re continuing to build upon this aircraft’s success and look forward to the enhancements we have planned in the future,” added Bond. One of the planned future enhancements is certification of the gross weight expansion for the S-92 helicopter. This will increase the maximum allowable take-off gross weight and result in increased payload capacity of the aircraft from 26,500 pounds to 27,700 pounds.

Northrop Grumman Advances Unmanned Systems Capabilities for Maritime Missions

Concept art provided by DARPA/Released

El Segundo September 29, 2014 - Northrop Grumman Corporation is developing new, advanced unmanned systems to support the Department of Defense's capability to deploy global persistent intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and strike capabilities in a faster and more cost-effective way.
The next-generation Tactical Exploited Reconnaissance Node (Tern) program is one example of several in progress focused on addressing various customer challenges. Designed to operate off small-deck U.S. Navy vessels, Tern would enable greater mission capability and flexibility without the need for establishing fixed land bases or deploying aircraft carriers.
Currently under the joint leadership of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Office of Naval Research, Tern aims to improve aviation capabilities from smaller ships substantially beyond the current levels.
"Being competitively selected to execute Phase II of the Tern program allows us to further demonstrate how our system could advance the Navy's mission," said Chris Hernandez, vice president, advanced systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "Our Tern solution taps into the company's proven expertise and experience in developing and deploying operational unmanned systems in harsh and challenging environments at sea."
Tern seeks to develop a semi-autonomous, long-range, persistent ISR/strike asset that could safely and dependably deploy and recover from small-deck naval maritime vessels with minimal ship modifications.
"Our goal is to provide the surface combatant with an innovative, game-changing system that addresses the need for a highly flexible, robust and affordable unmanned ISR/strike capability," said Ralph Starace, manager, advanced systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.