Thursday, February 22, 2024

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Hamad Al Marar, EDGE’s Managing Director and CEO, and Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO and Managing Director of Fincantieri (Credit: Fincantieri)

Fincantieri and EDGE to Launch JV for Naval Vessels Construction

EDGE Group, a United Arab Emirates-based advanced technology and defense group, and Fincantieri, one of the largest shipbuilders in the world, have entered into a term sheet aimed at creating a joint venture (JV) that will focus on the manufacturing of a broad range of sophisticated naval vessels.EDGE will hold a 51% stake in the venture, which has a commercial pipeline valued at approximately $32.4 billion (€30 billion), with management direction provided by Fincantieri.The Abu Dhabi-based JV will be awarded prime rights to non-NATO orders, especially leveraging on the attractiveness of UAE G2G

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EU Should Upgrade Submarine Cable Infrastructure with State Aid, Paper Says

of the internet by carrying more than 97% of the world's data traffic, have become the latest flashpoint among countries amid rising geopolitical uncertainties and conflicts.Such concerns have prompted the EU executive to come up with a roadmap including measures to protect and secure the bloc's subsea cables, according to the proposal due to be announced on Wednesday."This Recommendation aims to encourage the deployment or significant upgrade of submarine cable infrastructure via CPEIs in compliance with EU law, including state aid rules," the Commission document seen by Reuters said

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Oceaneering Freedom AUV Gets a Look for Defense Applications

capabilities to the fleet.The Freedom AUV design incorporates a multi-thruster design which provides six degrees of freedom in vehicle maneuverability. With eight independent thrusters, Freedom supports mission success with its ability to conduct low altitude, precision operations in complex, critical subsea infrastructure environments

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Inside Boeing's Orca XLUUV for the US Navy

, developing a long-range, fully autonomous undersea vehicle with a large payload capacity that can operate independently of a host vehicle,” said Stevens.  Back around 2010/11, then Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Gary Roughead and the U.S. Navy signaled strong interest in uncrewed subsea vehicles, specifically vehicles with increased endurance to allow them to be deployed and held in position until needed. “We listened to that and we put ourselves into that customer space to invent something that has persistence, that doesn’t require a host vessel to deploy, recover

HUGIN Endurance, one of the newest members in the HUGIN AUV family, measures 39-ft. long and nearly 4-ft. in diameter, with a 15-day endurance. Image courtesy Kongsberg Discovery

Kongsberg Discovery Wins US Navy DIU Contract

Kongsberg Discovery announced a Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) award to assist in the U.S. Navy’s Large Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (LDUUV) prototype.Kongsberg Discovery has been awarded a contract with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to rapidly deliver HUGIN Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) capabilities for the U.S. Military. The total contract  could result in the Navy acquiring HUGIN Endurance and HUGIN Superior deep-water AUV systems.HUGIN Endurance, one of the newest members in the HUGIN AUV family, measures 39-ft. long and nearly 4-ft. in diameter, with a 15-day

HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division has delivered the first Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine stern to General Dynamics Electric Boat (Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII).

Newport News Delivers First Columbia-class Stern

HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division announced today delivery of the first Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine stern to General Dynamics Electric Boat.The stern for District of Columbia (SSBN 826) was transported by barge from Newport News to Electric Boat’s facility in Quonset Point, R.I..“This is a major milestone in the ramp-up of Columbia-class module production here at NNS,” said Brandi Smith, NNS vice president of Columbia-class submarine construction. “Our shipbuilders have worked with pride to accomplish this milestone, and we look forward to

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Boeing Delivers First Orca XLUUV to US Navy

Boeing announced it has delivered the first Orca Extra Large Uncrewed Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV) to the U.S Navy following acceptance testing completion this month. The XLUUV, designated by the Navy as “Orca,” is a new class of autonomous submarine that can perform long duration critical missions to achieve undersea maritime dominance in changing environments and contested waters.“This is the culmination of more than a decade of pioneering work, developing a long-range, fully autonomous undersea vehicle with a large payload capacity that can operate completely independently of a host

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Fincantieri Cuts Steel for Italian Navy's New Oceanographic Ship

Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri held a steel cutting ceremony to mark the start of construction on a new Hydro-Oceanographic Ship (N.I.O.M.) for the Italian Navy.Scheduled for delivery from the integrated shipyard in Riva Trigoso-Muggiano in 2026, the new vessel is intended for mapping and scientific monitoring activities, as well as in support of the initiatives of the Hydrographic Institute, took place today at the Riva Trigoso shipyard.The ship will feature technologies to contain emissions, a diesel-electric propulsion system to optimize fuel consumption and hull shapes to reduce drag.

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Tech Partners Enhance NATO Navy’s AUV Capabilities

A collaboration between tech partners L3Harris, Voyis and Wavefront is enhancing NATO Navy’s autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) capabilities.L3Harris’ area of expertise is the development of AUVs for a variety of maritime applications. To further improve L3Harris’ Iver4 900 AUV capabilities, the global defense company integrated a Voyis Recon LS and the Wavefront Solstice 3000 multiple-aperture sonar (MAS) Combined AUV payload onto the Iver4 900 platform to support defense missions.  The Voyis team, in collaboration with Wavefront Systems, announced a successful factory

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UK to Transfer Two Minehunters to Ukraine

Britain said on Monday it would transfer two Royal Navy minehunter ships to the Ukrainian Navy, as it sets up a new maritime defence coalition alongside Norway to help strengthen Ukraine's sea operations.Britain said the two Sandown Class mine countermeasures vessels will enable Ukraine to better counter the threat from Russian sea mines, aiming to restore Ukraine's export routes via the Black Sea.The transfer of the vessels was announced alongside the launch of the Maritime Capability Coalition set up by Britain and Norway to improve Ukraine's navy to make it more compatible with western

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OPT PowerBuoys Ordered to Bolster Maritime Domain Awareness for US Government Agencies

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) announced it has received a letter contract from a U.S. based prime contractor for multiple maritime domain awareness buoys for national security and intelligence purposes. The contract has a $6.5 million ceiling, OPT said.This collaboration between OPT and the prime contractor will focus on providing multidomain marine solutions in support of U.S. government agencies. OPT’s PowerBuoy’s will help to enhance surveillance capabilities above and below the waterline, contributing to maritime domain awareness initiatives. The current contract enables OPT to

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Saab Makes Double Eagle ROV Sale to Kuwait

Saab has received a contract from the U.S. Navy for a Double Eagle Semi-Autonomous Remotely Operated Vehicle (SAROV) for the Kuwait Naval Force.The Double Eagle family of undersea vehicles is an ROV system used by navies globally supporting mine countermeasure (MCM) missions. In the SA¬ROV configuration the vehicle can be used both as an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for detection, classification and identification, and as an ROV for mine disposal. The U.S. Navy is procuring this system as a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program for the State of Kuwait’s Naval Force.Developed and

HMAS Toowoomba in 2020. (Photo: LSIS Richard Cordell / Australian Department of Defense)

What is a Sonar Pulse and How Can it Injure Humans Under Water?

Last month, the Australian government revealed that its navy divers had sustained “minor injuries”, likely due to sonar pulses from a Chinese navy vessel.The divers had been clearing fishing nets from the propellers of HMAS Toowoomba while in international waters off the coast of Japan. According to a statement from deputy prime minister Richard Marles, despite HMAS Toowoomba communicating with internationally recognized signals, the Chinese vessel approached the Australian ship and turned on its sonar, forcing the Australian divers to exit the water.The incident prompted a response from

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US Navy Orders Saab UUVs for Kuwait

Saab Inc., based in Syracuse, N.Y., has been awarded a $15,877,254 firm-fixed-price contract from the U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command, for the construction of underwater unmanned vehicles (UUV) and associated storage containers, training naval mines, spare parts, training documentation, training and transportation, the U.S. Department of Defense announced.This contract, which was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 3204(a)(4), involves Foreign Military Sales to the State of Kuwait, the Pentagon said.Work will be performed in Cranston, R.I. (75%); and Syracuse, N.Y.

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Greensea IQ Demos Autonomous Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mission

Greensea IQ reports it has completed a demonstration of a prototype Autonomous EOD Maritime Response Vehicle (AEMRV) for the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and US Navy. Leaning on the capabilities of OPENSEA Edge, the system provides the computing resources needed to power edge perception systems and advanced autonomous behaviors of EOD Workspace, allowing human-on-the-loop autonomy and untethered command and control over the ROV platform.The demo took place over several days in September in the open ocean off the coast of San Diego, featuring a fully integrated OPENSEA Edge-driven untethered ROV

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UK, Finland, Estonia Practice Subsea Infrastructure Protection in Baltic Sea

The navies of Britain, Finland and Estonia were practising subsea infrastructure protection in the Baltic Sea region on Monday together with the Finnish Border Guard, Finland's Defence Forces said in a statement.In early October a gas pipeline linking Estonia and Finland was damaged along with three telecommunications cables in the area, which is known for its dense seabed infrastructure.Finland and Estonia suspect the gas pipeline and cable incidents are linked, and believe a Hong Kong-flagged container carrier caused the damage by dragging its anchor along the seabed. China has said it is

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"AI is the Game Changer"

Austal USA Advanced Technologies is working with the US Navy on technical solutions that will power the next-gen of navy assets. Don Hairston recently took the helm of the AAT team, and discusses how additive manufacturing and artificial intelligence are powering the future of naval asset design, construction and lifecycle maintenance.Don, what specifically attracted you to the position as GM of Austal USA Advanced Technologies?I liked Austal USA as an up-and-comer; it offers tremendous growth opportunities. I also like the advanced technology aspect, especially in the additive manufacturing (AM) space.

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Maritime Robotics and Teledyne Marine Equip Ukrainian Navy with USVs

Maritime Robotics, the Norwegian provider of autonomous technology, and the Danish subsea technology supplier Teledyne Marine, said Friday that they had together delivered a number of Uncrewed Surface Vessels (USVs) to the Ukrainian Navy for advanced sensor data collection.Maritime Robotics' Otter USV, equipped with the Teledyne RESON SeaBAT T51-R multibeam echosounder from Teledyne Marine, is now in use by the Ukrainian Navy.According to the company, the USV enables critical data collection, without endangering human lives, as the sensors are carried by an unmanned vehicle. This allows for

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Kraken Robotics Supplies High-Resolution Seabed Mapping Sonar Solution to Australian Navy

Canadian marine robotics company Kraken Robotics said Monday it had supplied high-resolution seabed mapping sonar equipment to the Royal Australian Navy.  Kraken delivered its KATFISH high-speed high-definition seabed awareness solution in Q2, and recently completed system integration and sea trials in Cairns, Australia. Kraken expects to provide additional in-service support including training, spares and operational support. "Continuing to build off successful KATFISH deliveries with various NATO navies, this represented Kraken’s first KATFISH system sale in the Asia-Pacific

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