Saturday, October 22, 2016

Subsea Defense News

When it comes to the surface, it raises a mast and turns on a diesel generator, charging the lithium ion and silver zinc batteries that power the system while submerged. On the surface, it can communicate via satellite to offload data and download a new operational plan. Even at 50 tons, one operator can control multiple vehicles from anywhere in the world. (Photo: Boeing)

Echo Voyager: New Frontiers in Unmanned Technology

Subsea technology has begun to change the way we explore, manage and defend the marine environment. Fleets of unmanned vehicles will create sensor networks above and below the ocean’s surface and the ever-involving capabilities of these systems promise a future of robotic workforces completing dozens of complex tasks in challenging and dynamic marine environments. This will be especially vital in undersea defense as advancements in underwater technology brings about an age of stealth unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) and intelligent submarines. The issue remains with reduced budgets and high

Sea Wasp (Image: Saab)

Saab Develops Underwater Anti-IED Robot

Designed to combat below-the-surface terrorism, Sea Wasp is the latest generation remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from defense and security company Saab.   Presented at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition in National Harbor, Md., Sea Wasp has been engineered to relocate, identify and neutralize underwater improvised explosive devices (IEDs). While most underwater IED threats are disposed of manually by trained explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) divers, Sea Wasp is operated remotely by two-person teams from the surface, allowing operators to keep a safe distance from the explosives.

Mineman 3rd Class John Stephen-Torres, Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1, observes data from a MK 18 MOD 2 UUV for a training evolution during a mine countermeasures squadron exercise (SQUADEX) aboard the Bay-class landing dock ship Cardigan Bay (L3009) of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. CTG 56.1 conducts mine countermeasures, explosive ordnance disposal, salvage-diving, and force protection operations throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Jonah Stepanik)

Unmanned Underwater Vehicles: Is Bigger Better?

Undersea Superiority will rely on Large Underwater Vehicles, but the question begs ... Is bigger better?   The U.S. Navy has many mundane, messy and perilous underwater missions that are better performed unmanned vehicles. When considering the right vehicle for the mission, size does matter.   Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) are classified into three basic size categories: man-portable, lightweight, and large displacement based on size (as measured by displacement) and endurance. The Navy considers vehicles that are larger in diameter than the standard submarine 21-inch torpedo tube

MTR100: Application Deadline Approaching

The July/August 2016 of Marine Technology Reporter -- the world's leading subsea industry b2b pulbication -- will feature the 11th annual "MTR100", profiles of 100 leading companies and innovators in the subsea space.   Inclusion in this editorial feature is free, but companies must apply to be considered. There are two ways to apply:   -- Visit and enter your company details  -- Email your information and images to Eric Haun at [email protected]   Deadline to apply is June 30, 2016.

Photo: DCNS

Scorpene Submarine Data Leak: Setback to Indian Navy

 India has began multiple investigations to determine the extent of damage caused by the reported massive leak of secret data detailing the combat and stealth capabilities of the Indian Navy’s soon-to-be-inducted Scorpene submarines.   The government thinks that the leak of the detailed plans for the stealth submarines of the Indian Navy, built by the French military manufacturer DCNS (in which the French government has majority stakes), is a matter of serious concern.   'The Australian' newspaper on Thursday uploaded a fresh tranche of leaked documents relating to information

(image: DCNS Group)

France sinks Japanese, German Sub Bids

Fleet of 12 submarines to be built in South Australia; decision has political implications at home, abroad. France has beaten Japan and Germany to win a A$50 billion ($40 billion) deal to build a fleet of 12 submarines for Australia, one of the world's most lucrative defence contracts, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Tuesday. The victory for state-owned naval contractor DCNS Group underscored France's strengths in developing a compelling military-industrial bid, and is a blow for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to develop defence export capabilities as part of a

Cap-X Image by  Statoil

Statoil Launches New Subsea Concept

 Norwegian oil major Statoil presented a new subsea concept that is designed to reduce cost and increase efficiency. The concept is called Cap-X.   The  concept was presented by Margareth Øvrum, executive vice president for technology, projects and drilling in Statoil.   During the last decade subsea costs have increased significantly and the industry needs to move from tailor-made solutions to more industry standards.   "Once again we aim to drive subsea technology development on the Norwegian continental shelf together with our industry partners. The

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tammy Helm from the Naval Oceanography Operations Command programs a REMUS 100 unmanned underwater vehicle prior to a mission as part of the first-ever Unmanned Warrior. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Unmanned Warrior: The Science behind the Systems

It is an exciting time to be a science advisor in the Navy. I am fortunate to be assigned by the Office of Naval Research to Adm. Phillip Davidson, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces, and work to identify and provide technical solutions to capability gaps currently facing our operational naval forces.   Office of Naval Research-Global sponsors 25 science advisors at naval commands around the world. Our job takes us to the front lines to understand challenges facing our Navy and Marine Corps, and to world-wide technology hotspots to foster relations and bring innovative solutions to Sailors and

MPSV Solution (Photo: DUC Marine Group)

DUC Marine, KOOLE Mammoet Salvage Join Forces

DUC Marine Group and KOOLE Mammoet Salvage have reached an agreement for future salvage and wreck removal operations. DUC will be responsible for all diving activities relating to salvage operations and diving equipment maintenance. Henk Kapitein, CEO of DUC Marine Group, said, “This acquisition is an important step in realizing our ambition to become a medium-sized global operator in the marine industry. KOOLE’s state-of-the-art salvage equipment is active around the globe, which enables us to expand our activities worldwide. Together with our new-built DP-2 MPSV Solution, which was

Photo: Kelvin Hughes

‘A Step Forward in Submarine Radar Technology’

Kelvin Hughes, a U.K. baesd designer and supplier of navigation and security surveillance systems, announced that it can now bring all the benefits of its SharpEye radar technology to submarines.   Traditionally, submarines only use radar for navigation in and out of port because a high power RF transmission can compromise its ability to remain undetected. However, with its low power output – up to 300W as opposed to the 25kW of legacy submarine radar systems – SharpEye can reduce the probability of detection by ESM systems.   Due to the solid state technology at the heart of

SeaBat 7123MkII SSP (Photo: Teledyne RESON)

Teledyne RESON Wins Major Contract from Lockheed Martin

Teledyne RESON A/S said it has been awarded a double-digit million Euro contract by Lockheed Martin Global Inc. for the delivery of multiple SONAR systems for Mine Counter Measure applications for an international defense program.   The award includes delivery of the new SeaBat 7123-MkII, which is an advanced dual use high resolution SONAR suitable for both commercial and military applications. Commercial applications include underwater inspection related tasks, long range detection of objects in the water column and scientific research. Military uses include use as a component in Mine Counter

North Korea Test Fires Submarine Missile

North Korea test fired a submarine-based ballistic missile (SLBM) from its east coast on Wednesday, CNN reports quoting South Korean authorities.   The missile flew about 500 kilometres before splashing into the Sea of Japan — the first missile of its kind to reach such a distance.   The launch took place at 5:30 a.m. local time, according to a statement from the South Korean Foreign Ministry.   The South Korean government and experts said the launch showed technical progress in the North's SLBM program.    Having the ability to fire a missile from a submarine

Photo by Chris Oxley (HII)

Submarine Indiana Pressure Hull Complete

 Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has reached a milestone in the construction of the submarine Indiana (SSN 789). The 16th Virginia-class submarine has reached “pressure hull complete,” signifying that all of its hull sections are joined to form a single, watertight unit.   Ship’s Sponsor Diane Donald, wife of Adm. Kirk Donald (U.S. Navy, Ret.), and Ray Shearer, chairman of Indiana’s commissioning committee, visited the shipyard to see the progress being made on the submarine and meet with its crew.   &ld


REP16: a Global At-sea Campaign

Several different Autonomous Surface Vessels (ASVs), Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), equipped with different sensors and acoustic payloads, are being used together in the seventh annual edition of REP16-Atlantic exercise, a joint exercise of the Portuguese Navy, the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), and the University of Porto.   REP16-Atlantic stands for Recognized Environmental Picture (REP) Atlantic 2016 and it is being conducted from 5 to 31 July in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Portugal, south of Sesimbra and

(Photo: Fincantieri)

Submarine Pietro Venuti Delivered to Italian Navy

The newly built submarine Pietro Venuti was delivered at Fincantieri’s shipyard of Muggiano, La Spezia. It is the third of the U212A Todaro class, a series of four sister units which the Central Unit for Naval Armament – NAVARM has ordered to Fincantieri for the Italian Navy.    Pietro Venuti, as its twin unit Romeo Romei, launched last year in the shipyard of Muggiano, features innovative technological solutions and is entirely built with amagnetic material, using the most modern silencing techniques to reduce its acoustic signature, Fincantieri said.    The

Image: U.S. Navy graphic by Mass Communication Specialist

US Navy to Name Attack Submarine USS Arkansas

 A Virginia-class attack submarine will be called the USS Arkansas, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced.   Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that SSN 800, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Arkansas.   “As we sail deeper into the 21st century it is time for another USS Arkansas; time to keep that storied name alive in our Navy,” said Mabus. “She will sail the world like those who have gone before her, defending the American people and representing our American values through presence.”   Virginia-class subs have

Image: Saab AB

Sweden Picks Saab for Anti-Submarine Warfare Training

 Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for delivery of advanced anti-submarine warfare training, including the autonomous underwater vehicle AUV62 in training configuration.    Deliveries will take place during the period 2016-2019.   As part of the Letter of Intent (LoI) between Saab and FMV, announced on June 9 2014, and which supports the Swedish Armed Forces’ underwater capabilities for the period 2015-2024, Saab has now received an order for the delivery of advanced anti-submarine warfare

Israel to Use Seaborne Missiles to Guard Gas Fields

Israel's military said on Wednesday it had developed a version of its Iron Dome missile interceptor system that can be fired from the deck of a cruising navy ship to protect its offshore gas platforms.   The augmented defense system passed a live test two weeks ago when it shot down several short-range ballistic missiles from a moving boat, said Colonel Ariel Shir, the navy's head of operational systems.   Israel has boosted its naval defences over the past decade after the discovery of sizeable natural gas deposits off its Mediterranean coast.   While the biggest fields are far

Kraken Receives Major European Defense Order

Kraken Sonar Systems Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kraken Sonar Inc., has invoiced a major European defense contractor for over C$400,000, the company announced today. Proceeds are expected to be received during Q2 2016.   Kraken said it could not name the customer for competitive reasons.   Kraken said it recently provided an AquaPix Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (MINSAS) for integration and sea trials on the customer’s autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), and believes its product demonstrated good price/performance characteristics, positioning the

Driving Virginia Class Forward Photo BAE Systems

BAE Systems Bags USN Award for Submarine Propulsors

BAE Systems has received a $72 million contract from the U.S. Navy to produce and deliver propulsor systems for Block IV Virginia-class (SSN 774) submarines. The award continues the company’s current position as the premier provider of propulsors to the U.S. undersea fleet.   “The propulsor contributes significantly to the overall stealth and effectiveness of a submarine,” said Joe Sentfle, vice president and general manager of Weapon Systems at BAE Systems. “This award demonstrates the Navy’s confidence in our high standards and ability to deliver this vital

Submarine Bidders Step up Lobbying for Australia Tender

Japan's advanced attack Soryu submarine carried out drills with Australia's navy on Tuesday as a German company launched a campaign to advertise its expertise - as a race for a A$50 billion contract to build Australia's next submarine fleet neared a climax.   Industry sources told Reuters the Australian government is speeding up its decision on the contract - France is the other major bidder - with a winner now expected to be announced by the end of the month.   Australia intends to buy 12 new submarines, a centrepiece of its defence strategy unveiled in February, which called for an

The latest generation of Sentinel underwater intruder detection system is now more portable (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Improves Sentinel’s Portability

An undisclosed coastal facility in the Middle East has become the first location in the world to be equipped with the new, more portable variant of Sonardyne International Ltd’s diver detection sonar – Sentinel.   The U.K.-based maritime security company made the announcement following a program of system enhancements to Sentinel, the underwater intruder sonar. This means that only one Sonar Processor topside unit is now required to command each in-water sonar head, halving the previous number needed.   Sentinel IDS is the security industry’s most widely installed sonar

Bulldozers reconstruct the beach and dunes at Long Beach Island, New Jersey, as a dredge ship pumps sand from the Outer Continental Shelf to shore. Photo BOEM

BOEM Proposes New Regulation for OCS

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today released proposed regulations that would provide additional clarity and certainty for its Marine Minerals Program regarding negotiated, non-competitive leases for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) resources such as sand, gravel and shell. The proposed rule describes the negotiated, non-competitive agreement process for qualifying projects, and codifies new and existing procedures for using OCS sand, gravel and shell resources for shore protection, beach restoration or coastal wetlands restoration projects undertaken by federal, state and local government

Courtesy BSEE

BSEE, NASA to Examine Offshore Risks

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have announced a five-year agreement allowing BSEE to capitalize on the best risk management approaches from the aeronautics industry to inform stakeholders and further strengthen worker and environmental safety protections on the Outer Continental Shelf. “Both BSEE and NASA work in harsh and uncompromising environments, relying on cutting edge technology to go deeper and further than previously thought possible,” said BSEE Director Brian Salerno. “This partnership

Echo Voyager. Photo: Boeing

Boeing Unveils Robotic Submarine

Boeing Co. has unveiled at its Huntington Beach facility an autonomous, unmanned undersea vehicle that can be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.   The Echo Voyager, which is 51 feet long, is capable of running on its own, unmanned, for months underwater while being able to dive to 11,000 feet.   Echo Voyager is the latest innovation in Boeing’s UUV family, joining the 32-foot Echo Seeker and the 18-foot Echo Ranger.   The Voyager is expected to begin sea trials off the California coast in Summer 2016.   “Echo Voyager is a new

Photo courtesy of Klein

Klein, Elbit Conduct Mine Hunting Exercises

Klein Marine Systems teamed with Elbit Systems to conduct  structured mine countermeasure exercises in the Mediterranean Sea.    Klein’s advanced, state-of-the-art, 5900 mine hunting side scan sonar, integrated onboard Elbit’s Seagull Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) not only successfully detected and classified all detectable moored and bottom Mine Like Objects (MLO’s) but did so in one-third the allotted time period for each exercise.   During the trials which were conducted in various depth up to 85 m, the 5900 sonar enabled MCM area survey at 8-9 knots with

Photo: Havyard Ship Technology AS

Havyard Cancels Subsea Newbuild

 Norwegian shipbuilder Havyard Ship Technology AS reports the cancelation of an order for an advanced subsea vessel placed by an undisclosed "international shipping company" in June last year.   The unidentified shipowner has cancelled its contract "in light of the continuing challenges in the offshore market internationally”, says a company statement.   Back in October last year, Havyard said that delivery of the vessel (newbuilding 123), originally scheduled for second quarter 2017, had been postponed.   Now,  the company announced that he company

Image: BAE Systems

US Navy Strengthens Battlespace Situational Awareness

The U.S. Office of Naval Research has awarded BAE Systems an $11 million contract to develop next-generation electronic warfare (EW) technology that will quickly detect, locate, and identify emitters of radio frequency signals.   Known as the Full-Spectrum Staring Receiver (FSSR), this technology will enable near-instantaneous battlespace situational awareness, emitter identification and tracking, threat warning and countermeasure and weapon cueing. Conventional situational awareness systems are not able to deliver the high level of coverage and responsiveness that FSSR will provide.   

Naval divers return to the wreck of HMS Royal Oak to replace her White Ensign (Photo: UK Royal Navy)

World War II Torpedo Found at Scapa Flow

U.K. Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have found a German torpedo from World War II at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys.   The torpedo was found on the seabed March 1 after a recent routine sonar survey on behalf of Orkney Islands Council. It was also filmed using an underwater remote-operated vehicle (ROV).   Footage showed a seven-meter-long suspected torpedo and Northern Diving Group (NDG) were soon alerted to the incident.    Lieutenant Commander Tony Hampshire who is Commanding Officer of NDG and who attended the scene, said, “After examining the video footage of the

Photo courtesy of Saab Seaeye

Army, Navy and Air Force Gather at Saab Seaeye

Officers from an international group representing the army, navy and air force gathered at Saab Seaeye in Fareham, Hampshire, where all 40 officers and defense staff were participants in the premier Advanced Command and Staff Course held at HMS Collingwood. The visit to Saab Seaeye was integral to the course and gave delegates a chance to consider the opportunities and technology available from a global defense company. The company gave presentations to officers at Collingwood before their tour of Saab Seaeye that included issues surrounding defense procurement. While touring the company’

Public Affairs Office: Allied Maritime Command

Submarine Warfare: NATO Strengthens Anti-Sub Skills

NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2016 (DYMA 16) began today off the Sicilian coast, with ships, submarines, and aircraft and personnel from 8 Allied nations converging on the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training. Submarines from France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States, under the control of NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO), will join 4 surface ships from France, Italy and Spain. Host nation Italy is providing support from the Augusta Naval Base, Catania Harbour and the Sigonella Air

Herbert Joins Phoenix International

Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. hired Jack Herbert as its Commercial Operations Sales Manager in the Largo, MD office. His responsibilities include executing Phoenix commercial (AUV, ROV, and Engineering) sales objectives, increasing market share, and leading an aggressive commercial marketing and sales program.   Prior to joining Phoenix, Herbert worked as a Business Development Manager for Marine Sonic Technology Ltd., Reson Inc., and IxBlue. Clients included AUV builders, Hydrographic Survey Companies, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Soryu-class submarine: Japan Navy

Australia Submarines: It is Japan vs. France

 While Japan is confident it has proven itself the best contender to build Australia's new submarines, the French have moved to undermine Japan’s bid to build the navy’s new submarines.   Representatives from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), the co-builder of Japan's Soryu-class subs, toured ASC's shipyards in Adelaide on Tuesday. MHI chief executive Shunichi Miyanaga says Soryu-class submarines have proven capability, unlike the untested French and German designs. "We have the only proven submarine," he said.   The French counterpart said only a “complet

Seafloor Massive Sulphide Mining Project Advances

Nautilus Minerals Inc. (TSX:NUS, OTCQX: NUSMF, OTC:NUSMF Nasdaq Intl Designation) announced it signed a new agreement with Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group Co. Ltd (“Tongling”) for the sale of the product extracted from the Company’s Solwara 1 deposit located in the Bismarck Sea of Papua New Guinea, with first delivery expected in the first half of 2018. On April 21, 2012, Nautilus and Tongling entered into a binding heads of agreement   for the sale of the product extracted from the Solwara 1 deposit. Following a series of detailed negotiations focused on achieving a

Australia, Japan Partner for Hydrodynamics Research

Australia and Japan have signed a cooperative research arrangement on marine hydrodynamics, the Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Alex Zelinsky, announced today.   “This is the first joint defence research project to be conducted by our two countries,” Dr Zelinsky said.   The collaborative research program will be undertaken by Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group and Japan’s Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency.   “This is an excellent start to our new relationship in defence science and technology cooperation,” Dr Zelinsky said.

ECA, Vestdavit to Jointly Develop LARS for Unmanned Systems

On the occasion of Euronaval, ECA and Vestdavit have signed a cooperation agreement to develop the next generation of launch and recovery systems (LAR) for unmanned maritime systems (UMS).   The use of UMS, remotely operated vehicles (ROV), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) as well as unmanned surface vehicles (USV) by navies but also by oil and gas, scientific and other customers, requires their operation from various types of ships, even in high sea states. In addition, when a combination of different types of vehicles are used from the same vessel, they need to be managed, stored and

Image: DCNS

New Drones Are Being Developed for the French Navy

The future tactical component of France’s Naval Aerial Drone (Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine - SDAM) program is being designed by DCNS and Airbus Helicopters, who have joined forces to pool naval and aerospace skills and expertise.   The teaming of DCNS and Airbus Helicopters will be equipped to address all technical challenges arising from the naval integration of the drones through the creation of a robust system architecture that can evolve and adapt to meet every need, the developers said.   For DCNS, drones are the roving eyes of the battle system; their

Rapaport Returns to OceanWise

Independent U.K. marine data management company OceanWise has appointed James Rapaport as a Senior Information Systems Developer.   “It’s great to have James back in the team again after a five year break,” said Mike Osborne, OceanWise MD. “His skills and knowledge will ensure we continue to deliver a growing portfolio of quality products and services to our customers across the world in a timely manner.”    Rapaport rejoins OceanWise from Teledyne Caris, where he managed the development of Caris’ web server software, Spatial Fusion Enterprise.

Photo: BAE Systems

Construction Begins on UK’s Next Submarines

BAE Systems welcomed the Right Honorable Sir Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defense to Barrow-in-Furness shipyard to press a button, commencing the first metal-cut for the Successor program.    The secretary of State's visit follows a recent U.K. Government commitment of £1.3 billion funding for the Successor Submarine program on October 1. This program will deliver four new submarines for the Royal Navy and will replace the current Vanguard class, with the first submarine entering service in the early 2030s. The U.K. MOD funding announced today will cover initial manufactur

Recovery Mission Photo USN

USNS Grasp, DPAA Begin Recovery Mission

U.S. Navy divers assigned to Mobile Diving Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 and civilian members from the USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) began operations Sept. 23, in support of a Defense Personnel Accounting Agency (DPAA) mission off the coast of Montalto di Castro, Italy. The DPAA mission is designed to recover the remains of U.S Airmen who have been MIA since their B-24 bomber aircraft were shot down by enemy aircraft  March 3, 1944. U.S. Army Capt. Troy Davidson, DPAA Underwater Recovery Team Leader stated, “DPAA strives to give our POW/MIA families what solace and answers we can by providing

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