A New Radar for Israel’s Missile Boats

The Israel Navy has recently equipped the first Saar 4.5 (Hetz Class) missile boat with a new, multi-mission, digital phased array radar system developed and produced in Israel by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Elta Systems.

Iranian, Russian Navies to Launch Joint Naval Wargames in the Caspian Sea

The Russian and Iranian navies are planning to hold joint exercises in the Caspian Sea in the second half of this year, the Russian news agency Novosti reported. According to Nikolai Yakubovsky, deputy commander of Russia’s Caspian Flotilla, the exercise follows a previous one held in 2009. Caspian Flotilla commander Admiral Sergey Alekminsky confirmed few months ago that that...

A New Land Systems Division at Rafael – adapting systems for the new way of war

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems ltd, developer of highly advanced weapon systems for the IDF and the defense establishment, has recently undergone reorganization. One of the changes has been the long awaited establishment of the new Land & Naval Systems Division, which will develop and produce, among others, weapon platforms, armored vehicle defense systems, shoulder-launched systems and naval defense systems....

Rafael Scutter Expandable Torpedo Decoy

SCUTTER is an intelligent expandable torpedo decoy for submarines. Operating as a self-propelled decoy, SCUTTER can be launched instantly, at any depth and provide the submarine with an omnidirectional protection against attacks by all known torpedoes. On receipt of a torpedo alert, SCUTTER is launched from the Submarine Signal Ejector (SSE) or external launchers. The system is automatically activated after...

Panthers to assume ASW role in Indonesia

Airbus Helicopters has been selected to provide the Indonesian Navy with 11 AS-565 MBe Panther helicopters configured for Anti Submarine warfare.

Northrop Grumman and Aerovironment are developing a new naval drone for DARPA

DARPA is expecting to complete risk reduction studies in September, and select one of two competing designs for medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (MALE UAS), to demonstrate drone operations from small and medium naval vessels by 2017.

MSSP-3 Payload

Developed by Controp, the MSSP-3 is an evolution of the MSSP-1 payload, designed for maritime patrol missions. The payload ball retains the same (400mm) diameter, but height was reduced to 570mm. Weight was cut from 48 to 42.5 kg. The 4 gimbals gyro-stabilized payload (<25microRad) which carries multiple sensors including high resolution 3rd generation FLIR with unique and powerful...

US Navy Deploys another Destroyer to Bab el-Mandeb, Over Yemeni Sea-Mine Alert

The U.S. is bolstering its naval force operating off the Yemen coast and in the Bab El Mandeb straits connecting the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. The main concern is that the Houthis will try to block the narrow maritime lane with mines. "We’ve seen evidence that the Houthis are laying mines in the waters outside at least one of their ports. We officially have great concern for the freedom of navigation there" Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, told Stars & Stripes.

Unmanned X-47B Begins Envelope Expansion Tests over Edwards

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration aircraft reached a major milestone Sept. 30 when it retracted its landing gear and flew in its cruise configuration for the first time. The flight, conducted at Edwards Air Force Base, also helped validate precision navigation hardware and software that will allow the X-47B to land with precision on the moving deck of an aircraft carrier.

DCNS outlines an AIP design based on the nuclear powered Barracuda

DCNS is introducing the SMX Ocean - a new submarine concept based on the hull of the nuclear powered 'Barracuda' - the next generation SSN of the French Navy. The SMX Ocean will be fitted with a conventional propulsion system (SSK) with AIP technology.

Mk 38 Mod 2 Remotely Controlled Naval Gun

The Mk 38 Mod 2 main weapon is the M242 25mm Chain Gun, a proven NATO standard cannon with selectable rates of fire. The Mk 38 Mod 2 MGS fires all USN-approved 25mm ammunition at up to 180 rounds per minute, with 168 rounds on-mount. Additionally, the systems' 4-axis stabilized electro-optical sensor provides round the clock surveillance capability, enhancing...

Canberra Approves A$550 Million for Four Defense Modernization Programs

The Australian Government has approved spending A$550 million on four major Defense programs. When complete, these projects are estimated to involve expenditure of around $3 billion.

The Khuzestan Gambit

Could the new naval build-up in Persian Gulf signal a new US strategy against Iran, one which differs completely, by taking a fresh approach in the troubled four-year-old quagmire in Iraq, which has already cost over 3,000 American lives? Military experts see in the new naval deployment evidence that President George W. Bush has already rejected the key Baker-Hamilton...

BEL, ElOp to Develop a Naval Derivative of Elbit Systems’ CoMPASS

Elbit Systems Electro-optics-Elop Ltd. from Israel and Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) of India will jointly develop a navalized, stabilised, multi-sensor electro-optical observation system based on ElOp's 'Compact Multi Purpose Advance Stabilisation System' (CoMPASS).

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