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Anduril to Build Extra Large AUVs for Royal Australian Navy

Defense technology company Anduril Industries has entered into commercial negotiations with the  Australian Defence Force for a US$100 million co-funded design, development, and manufacturing program for Extra Large Autonomous Undersea Vehicles (XL-AUVs) for the Royal Australian Navy.According to Anduril, the XL-AUV will be an affordable, autonomous, long-endurance, multi-mission capable AUV. "It is modular, customizable, and can be optimized with a variety of payloads for a wide range of military and non-military missions such as advanced intelligence, infrastructure inspection,

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HII Taps BlueZone for REMUS AUV Services in Australia

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), the U.S. naval shipbuilder and unmanned systems manufacturer, said Tuesday it had selected its Australian sales partner, BlueZone Group, as an authorized REMUS autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) service center. The Newcastle-based company will provide local support to REMUS AUVs for the Royal Australian Navy and other regional customers.HII and BlueZone Group will host an official agreement signing on May 10, 2022, during the Indo-Pacific International Maritime Exposition at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, Australia. “We’re excited

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HII Launches Virginia-class Submarine New Jersey

HII announced that Virginia-class submarine New Jersey (SSN 796) was recently launched into the James River at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division.The 7,800-ton submarine, which had been in a floating dry dock since being transferred from a construction facility in March, was submerged and moved by tugboats to the shipyard’s submarine pier for final outfitting, testing and crew certification.“Achieving this construction milestone is a very rewarding event to our shipbuilding team,” said Jason Ward, Newport News’ vice president of Virginia-class submarine

Saab Seaeye Falcon robot deployed during training exercises aboard a Portuguese Navy hydrographic vessel with EQS (Environment Quality Services). Photo courtesy Saab Seaeye

Portuguese Navy conducts Hydrography Training with EQS Falcon

Training exercises aboard a Portuguese Navy hydrographic vessel have been completed by EQS (Environment Quality Services) using their Saab Seaeye Falcon robot.Teams from the Portuguese Hydrographic Institute and EQS undertook several exercises over three days on board the Portuguese Navy vessel Andrómeda, commanded by First Lieutenant Ribeiro de Carvalho, off the coast of Portugal.The main objective was to verify the operability and functionalities of the systems in their various configurations along with the spectrum of commitment, says Carlos Rodrigues of EQS.This included basic navigation

RTsys Wins AUV Contract with Slovenian Navy

RTsys signed a contract with the Slovenian Navy for the supply of one COMET-MCM AUV and two NEMOSENS micro-AUVs. These three autonomous vehicles will be added to the existing range in use of SONADIVE hand held sonar units and therefore will give to the Slovenian Armed Forces through its EOD Diving Department full capabilities for Mine Counter Measures from very shallow water up to 300m depth.The COMET-MCM is designed to quickly and efficiently cover large underwater areas with both high-definition sonar imaging and TV camera capabilities, by offering the most accurate real-time tracking and positioning

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Bollinger to Build Uncrewed Mine Countermeasure Vessels for the US Navy

Lockport, La.-based Bollinger Shipyards earlier this month was awarded a U.S. Navy contract for the production of the Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vehicle Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MCM USV), engineering services and other direct costs.According to the Pentagon, the $13,725,953 fixed-price incentive (firm target), firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-type contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $122,908,682.Work will be performed in Lockport, La. (65%); Portsmouth, Va. (22%); Atlanta, Ga. (10%); and Orrville, Ohio (3%)

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Choi Joins HII Mission Technologies as VP

HII announced on Monday that Henry Choi has joined its Mission Technologies division as vice president of business development for cyber, electronic warfare (EW) and space.Choi is responsible for driving business growth, strategy and customer engagement for HII’s full-spectrum cyber, EW and space capabilities that address today’s rapidly changing, multi-domain global security threats.“As HII expands its capabilities with mission-critical national security solutions, it is imperative that we have the right team and talent to deliver results for our mission partners,” said Grant

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HII’s REMUS 300 Selected as US Navy’s Next-gen Small UUV

Global engineering and defense technologies provider HII (NYSE:HII) announced today its advanced unmanned underwater vehicle, REMUS 300, was selected as the U.S. Navy’s next generation small UUV (SUUV) program of record. REMUS 300 technology was designed to advance distributed maritime operations by conducting critical underwater missions.The initial phase of the program includes the production and testing of REMUS 300 UUVs over the next year.“HII is proud of our longstanding partnership with the U.S. Navy and now, to lead in this important direction on behalf of our customer,” said

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Turkey Defuses Stray Naval Mine in the Black Sea

A military diving team deactivated a stray naval mine off Turkey's northwest coast on Monday, Turkey's defense ministry said, the second such device to be defused in the area in days amid the war in Ukraine.NATO member Turkey borders the Black Sea, as does Russia and Ukraine, which Moscow invaded on February 24.Russia's main intelligence agency last week accused Ukraine of laying mines to protect ports and said several hundred of the explosives had broken off from cables and drifted away. Kyiv dismissed that account as disinformation."The mine detected off the coast of Igneada was

Virginia-class attack submarine Montana (SSN 794) successfully completed initial sea trials in February 2022. (Photo: Ashley Cowan / HII)

Virginia-Class Submarine Montana (SSN 794) Delivered to US Navy

America’s largest shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) on Friday delivered the newest Virginia-class fast-attack submarine to the U.S. Navy. Montana (SSN 794), which successfully completed sea trials last month, is the 10th Virginia-class submarine to be delivered by HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division and the 21st built as part of the teaming agreement with General Dynamics’ Electric Boat.“We continue to be proud of our partnership with the U.S. Navy in delivering the most advanced ships in the world to our warfighters,” said Jason Ward, Newport News

Diving support construction vessel Picasso retrieved the F-35C Lightning II aircraft which crashed earlier this year in the South China Sea (Photo: U.S. Navy)

US Recovers Warplane that Fell into South China Sea

The United States has recovered an F-35C warplane that fell into the South China Sea in a landing mishap in January, the U.S. Navy said on Thursday.The wreckage was recovered from a depth of about 12,400 feet using a remotely operated vehicle to attach rigging to the aircraft, which was then hoisted up by a diving support ship, the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet said in an email.It will be delivered to a nearby military installation to aid in the ongoing investigation of the incident, the statement said."The recovery effort shows the U.S. Navy commitment to its assets, and a free and open Indo-Pacific

Neil Gordon, chief executive of the GUH

UK’s Subsea Industry Can Create 180,000 New Jobs by 2035, Global Underwater Hub Says

;8 billion with a third of the global market share, has the potential to grow to £45 billion by 2035, creating an estimated 180,000 new jobs and around £20billion or more in exports for the UK, the newly launched organization Global Underwater Hub (GUH) said.Officially launched today at the Subsea Expo event in Aberdeen, the GUH is a new organization that promises to lead the transformation of this industry to deliver one of the biggest opportunities for revenue generation and job creation in the country’s sustainable recovery from the pandemic.Backed by the Scottish and UK Governments

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US Eyes 100-strong Mideast Sea Drone Fleet

The United States Navy and security partners will patrol Middle East waters with 100 unmanned vessels next year to improve deterrence against attacks, like those presented by Iran, the U.S. Fifth Fleet commander said on Monday.The region is vital for global trade, especially oil supplies that flow out of the Gulf via the Strait of Hormuz.There have been high-seas confrontations between U.S. and Iranian forces with attacks on oil tankers in Gulf waters in 2019. Sanctions-hit Iran denied accusations of responsibility.Last year the U.S. Navy established a new task force to integrate drone systems and

Virginia-class attack submarine Montana (SSN 794) has successfulkly completed initial sea trials. (Photo: HII)

Virginia-class Submarine Montana Completes Initial Sea Trials

Fast attack submarine Montana (SSN 794) completed initial sea trials last week, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced. The Virginia-class submarine, built at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division, spent several days at sea last week to test the ship's systems and components.Testing included submerging the submarine for the first time and high-speed maneuvers while on the surface and submerged. HII teams will continue the testing program and will deliver the boat to the U.S. Navy later this year.“We are very proud to say the Montana and her crew performed exceptional,”

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NUWC Newport Names Chhim Head of the Undersea Warfare Combat Systems

Rebecca Chhim, an employee at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport for more than 21 years, was recently selected as head of the Undersea Warfare (USW) Combat Systems Department, Division Newport’s largest department with approximately 625 employees.In this role, she will provide technical leadership and personnel management for the development of submarine combat systems throughout the acquisition lifecycle, helping to shape the next generation of USW systems and ensuring the U.S. Navy’s command of the undersea battlespace.Chhim, a resident of Tiverton, Rhode Island

The General Dynamics Mission Systems Bluefin Robotics Knifefish UUV detects, classifies and identifies volume, proud and buried mines in high-clutter underwater environments, and is a critical element of the LCS Mine Countermeasure (MCM) mission package. Knifefish’s job is to detect, avoid and identify mine threats, reducing the risk to personnel by operating in the minefield as an off-board sensor while the host ship stays outside the minefield boundaries. Knifefish also gathers environmental d

Getting to the Bottom of the Navies' Mine Warfare Challenges

To find the mine warfare challenge with the highest degree of difficulty, start at the bottom.Lurking unseen below the surface, naval mines pose a serious problem.  They’re cheap, relatively easy to deploy and can inflict heavy damage against even the most sophisticated warships.  They can be hard to detect and difficult to counter. What you can’t see can hurt you.  And the most difficult mines to find and eliminate are bottom and buried mines.  Navies have developed ships to hunt for mines in the water column so they can be avoided or destroyed, use influence sweeps to

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Greensea Hires Business Development VP for Defense

Greensea, creator of OPENSEA, a universal open architecture software platform for the marine industry, announced it has hired Paco Santana as Vice President of Business Development - Defense. Paco will immediately begin connecting with and developing relationships with current and future military partners.“Paco brings a breadth of experience to Greensea having served in the U.S. Navy, as well as having worked with some of the best known companies in the marine industry,” said Ben Kinnaman, Greensea CEO. “Who better to support our military customers than someone who truly understands

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UK Royal Navy Testing Crewless Minehunter

The U.K. Royal Navy said it is testing a new crewless minehunter as part of its drive toward autonomous systems.Developed through a joint Anglo-French Maritime Mine Counter Measures program, the system is designed to detect the latest mine threats while reducing the risk to the lives of those searching for them. It comprises an uncrewed surface vessel, towed sonar and a portable operation center, and is now undergoing rigorous capability development trials.Demonstrators have been delivered to both the Royal and French Navies, the U.K. model handed over in Plymouth by Thales UK, OCCAR and Defense

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Swedish Defense Orders More Saab Torpedos

Swedish aerospace and defense company Saab announced it has received an order from the Swedish Defense Material Organization (FMV) for the next phase of the life extension program of Torpedo 62. The order value is SEK 145 million and deliveries will take place by the end of 2023.The order includes pre-studies and engineering which incorporates subsystem prototypes for improvements of the current torpedo.“This order helps to develop a more capable torpedo system for the future. We are looking forward to continue evolving one of the Swedish Navy’s main weapon systems,” said Görgen

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