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Aquabotix Joins the SENEDIA Alliance

for non-members to gain. Our inclusion in this alliance firmly bolsters Aquabotix as a contributor of the defense community and policymaker ongoing dialogue,” explained Aquabotix CEO, Whitney Million.Alliance members includes a range of relevant organizations, including such industry leaders as BAE Systems, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.Earlier this week, Aquabotix announced it entered into a special purpose Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport

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Britain Awards $3.3 Bln in Submarine Work to BAE Systems

Britain on Monday awarded defence firm BAE Systems 2.4 billion pounds ($3.26 billion) to work on two submarine programmes, the company said in a statement.The Ministry of Defence gave BAE a 1.5 billion pound contract for delivery of the seventh Astute class submarine, and a further 900 million pounds for the next phase of the Dreadnought submarine program, the company said.($1 = 0.7364 pounds)(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Kate Holton)

Audacious is the fourth of seven Astute-class attack submarines being built for the Royal Navy (Photo: Royal Navy)

New UK Sub Completes its First Dive

The U.K. Royal Navy’s fourth Astute class submarine, Audacious, has completed its first ever dive, marking a milestone on the path toward full sea trials later in 2018.   The trim and basin dive took place over two days in early January in Devonshire Dock, at builder BAE Systems's site in Barrow-in-Furness.     The operation, which saw Audacious submerge fully underwater for the first time, allowed a team from Royal Navy, Ministry of Defense and BAE Systems to test many of the sub’s onboard systems, and proved the safety and stability of the 7,400-metric-ton,

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UK Partners to Launch Autonomous Vessels Testing Service

The U.K.'s first maritime autonomous systems testing service is set to launch later this year.   BAE Systems said it has been awarded £457,000 (approximately $594,700) in grant funding from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to design and deliver the U.K.’s first dedicated autonomous systems testing service.   Based around Portsmouth, Southampton and the South East of the Isle of Wight, BAE Systems will work with ASV Global (ASV), Blue Bear Systems Research (Blue Bear), Marine Electronic Systems (MES), SeeByte and the University of Southampton to provide the

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Fourth Submarine in UK’s Astute Class Named

The fourth submarine in the Astute class was officially named Audacious during a December 16 ceremony at builder BAE Systems’ Submarines site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.   Guests watched as Lady Jones, Audacious' sponsor and wife of Admiral Sir Phillip Jones, the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, named the 7,400-metric-ton, 97-meter-long attack submarine, and then smashed a bottle of beer against her hull.   “We have already delivered three highly-capable Astute class submarines to the Royal Navy and Audacious now takes another significant step towards joining her

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SEA’S KraitArray Sonar Performs at UW16

Cohort plc company SEA completed demonstrations of its KraitArray array sonar system towed from the Liquid Robotics SHARC Wave Glider Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) and a BAE Systems P950 rigid hulled inflatable boat (RHIB), also performing in unmanned mode, at the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior 16 (UW16) exercise off the West Coast of Scotland.   SEA has developed the advanced KraitArray which is a configurable thin line (16mm) acoustic array comprising 32 channels that provide a 50m acoustic aperture. The KraitArray is more than a small ASW towed array. UW16 proved the capability of the

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ASV Global Records 1,000 Days of USV Operations

operating in a variety of themed activities. The event enabled the Royal Navy to see firsthand how these types of systems and sensors could integrate into current and future operations. A number of ASV Global developed vehicles and systems participated in the event including converted vessels such as BAE Systems’ Pacific 950 and Pacific 24 RIBs and Dstl’s Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed (MAST) based on the ‘Bladerunner’ hull shape. The event also showcased vehicles designed and built by ASV Global including the commercial vehicle C-Worker 5 and Thales’ mine countermeasures

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Australia, France Meet to focus on Future Submarine Program

bilateral calls with her UK and Italian counterparts.   During the meeting with her UK counterpart, Secretary Michael Fallon, Minister Payne discussed a range of issues including developments in Iraq and Syria, and broader security and stability issues. Minister Payne also acknowledged the UK's BAE Systems interest in Australia's Future Frigate program and welcomed the broader value of Australia's defence industry cooperation with the United Kingdom.   "Australia welcomes the outcomes of the recent Australia-United Kingdom Ministerial Consultations as evidence of the continuing strong

Future Unmanned Naval Systems for MMCM Program

Thales, BAE Systems and their partner SAAB, ECA Group and ASV Global welcome the confirmation by the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) that the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) and French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) will continue its collaboration for the combined United Kingdom and France MMCM (maritime mine counter measures) program. Initiated in 2010 under a cooperation agreement between France and the United Kingdom, the MMCM program develops a prototype autonomous system for detection and neutralisation of sea mines and underwater improvized explosive devices (UWIEDs).

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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

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Australian Navy to Upgrade Survey Vessels

Survey Motor Launches operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).   Seismic Asia Pacific Pty. Ltd. of Salisbury, Australia will be responsible for the purchase of the equipment and assist with the systems integration. Seismic Asia Pacific is the FarSounder dealer for this project with BAE Systems as the prime contractor.   The 360-metric-ton Survey Motor Launches, HMA ships Paluma (IV), Mermaid, Shepparton (II) and Benalla (II), were designed for operations in the shallow waters of northern Australia. Each Survey Motor Launch carries the latest in survey and computerized hydrographic

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US Navy Seeks Improved Undersea Capabilities

Undersea navigation and positioning system development to begin for U.S. Navy   BAE Systems informs it has been selected by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop an undersea navigation system aimed at enhancing the U.S. Navy’s ability to provide precise, global positioning throughout the ocean basins.   The contract will support a program called the Positioning System for Deep Ocean Navigation (POSYDON), which seeks to allow undersea vehicles to accurately navigate while remaining below the ocean’s surface.   POSYDON aims to replace

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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

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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.   

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BAE Systems Awarded £201m to Advance Successor Sub Design

The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded BAE Systems £201 million to further the design of a successor to the Royal Navy's Vanguard class submarines.   The funding will allow the business to mature the design of the new class of submarines, which will carry the U.K.'s independent nuclear deterrent, including the layout of equipment and systems, and to develop manufacturing processes, BAE Systems announced today.   BAE Systems is the industrial lead on the program with more than 1,600 employees working on it, alongside colleagues from the MoD, Rolls Royce and Babcock, many of

Delia Succeeds Schmidt as Ohmsett Program Manager

MAR Incorporated has named John Delia the Program manager for Ohmsett – The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility, succeeding Bill Schmidt who retired in December 2015. Delia was most recently with BAE Systems where he served as a Program Manager responsible for the production and development of systems as well as the logistics for the Low Probability of Altimeter (LPIA), Common Data Link (CDL) and F-22 product lines within the Electronic Systems group.   Prior to working at BAE systems he served as a Senior Engineer with Northrop Grumman supporting the

MTR100: Silicon Sensing Systems Ltd.

dominate the market for the next 50-plus years until the emergence of expensive laser and fiber-optic gyros with their enhanced reliability due to their solid-state non-rotating design. With Sperry Marine being subsumed into British Aerospace, Silicon Sensing Systems was formed in 1998 as a result of BAE Systems and Sumitomo cooperating to develop and produce the next generation of solid-state gyroscopes, based on a silicon MEMS construction.  Silicon Sensing Systems flourished, to enjoy a reputation for the production of low-cost highly reliable gyros.  It lead the entry into the consumer car

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