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VideoRay Awarded $92.6 Million US Navy Contract

the Navy’s expanding needs for expeditionary mine countermeasure operations. Core technology onboard this platform has been developed by industry partners and includes: EOD Workspace control software and autonomy platform by Greensea IQ, Multibeam sonar and USBL positioning system by BluePrint Subsea, Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) for navigation by Nortek, and a 2-function manipulator by Eddyfi, which all combine to significantly expand vehicle capabilities while maintaining the size, weight and power (SWAP) specifications required to meet the Navy’s challenging requirements.Designed and built

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Babcock Receives SBTi Net-Zero Validation

Defense company Babcock Intern has been grated validation from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for its science-based near and long-term emissions reduction targets aligned with reaching net-zero no later than 2050.In 2021, Babcock launched its Plan Zero 40 decarbonization strategy, which commits to the delivery of a 2030 science-based target in line with a 1.5 °C pathway and achieving 90% emissions reduction across its estate, assets and operations (Scope 1 and 2) by 2040, and net-zero across the full value chain (Scope 3) by 2050.Science-based targets provide a clearly-defined pathway

Kraken Robotics' KATFISH and ALARS systems (Credit: Kraken Robotics)

Kraken Robotics Scoops Multi-Million-Dollar Orders for Subsea Security Equipment

Canadian marine technology company Kraken Robotics has received orders for its subsea security equipment worth $3.7 million.The first order is for spares and sustainment of its KATFISH Mine Counter Measures (MCM) solution, totaling $2.2 million.In addition, Kraken received orders for AquaPix synthetic aperture sonars (SAS), worth $1.5 million.These systems will be integrated to Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) from new navy customers for use in mine hunting and subsea infrastructure security applications.Kraken did not disclose customer details, stating only that the delivers will take place in

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OPT Demonstrates Maritime Domain Awareness Solution in the North Atlantic

Marine power, data, and service solutions company Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) announced it has completed multiple offshore demonstrations for potential customers of its artificial intelligence (AI) capable Maritime Domain Awareness Solution, Merrows.The demonstrations were conducted using the recently deployed next generation PowerBuoy. Further demonstrations for additional potential customers, including overseas prime contractors, are already scheduled to occur over the next few weeks.The field demonstrations showcase the fully functional Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities

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UK Royal Navy Buys More Remus UUVs

HII, a manufacturer of underwater unmanned vehicles (UUV), announced the recent sale of three REMUS 100s and five REMUS 300s to the U.K. Royal Navy for underwater exploration, countermine and surveillance programs.Over the past 20 years, the U.K.’s Ministry of Defense has acquired a mix of REMUS 100s, Remus 300s and REMUS 600s for mine countermeasure operations. The Ministry’s first two REMUS 100s, acquired in 2001, are still in operation today, demonstrating the resilience and modernization capabilities of the HII-built UUVs.The new REMUS 100s and 300s are equipped with advanced sensors

A long-range unmanned surface vessel (LRUSV) transits the Pacific Ocean during Integrated Battle Problem (IBP) 24.1, March 07, 2024. IBP 24.1 is a U.S. Pacific Fleet experiment, executed by U.S. 3rd Fleet, operationalizing multi-domain employment of unmanned systems to create fleet warfighting advantages. (Photo: Ian Delossantos / U.S. Navy)

Sea Drone Warfare has Arrived, and the US is Floundering

The U.S. Navy's efforts to build a fleet of unmanned vessels are faltering because the Pentagon remains wedded to big shipbuilding projects, according to some officials and company executives, exposing a weakness as sea drones reshape naval warfare.The lethal effectiveness of sea drones has been demonstrated in the Black Sea where Ukraine has deployed remote-controlled speed boats packed with explosives to sink Russian frigates and minesweepers since late 2022.Yemeni-backed Houthi rebels have employed similar vessels against commercial shipping in the Red Sea in recent months, albeit without

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Manta Ray UUV Prototype Completes In-water Testing

The Manta Ray prototype uncrewed underwater vehicle (UUV) built by Northrop Grumman completed full-scale, in-water testing off the coast of Southern California in February and March 2024. Manta Ray was built through a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program aimed at advancing key technologies to benefit future UUV designs, including techniques to manage energy, increased payload capacity, low-power propulsion and more.The recent in-water testing demonstrated at-sea hydrodynamic performance, including submerged operations using all the vehicle’s modes of propulsion and

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US Navy Announces First Mine Countermeasures Mission Package Embarked on USS Canberra

The U.S. Navy embarked the first Mine Countermeasures Mission Package (MCM MP) aboard USS Canberra (LCS 30), April 18, service officials announced. With the MCM mission package now onboard LCS 30, the Navy anticipates the first MCM Mission Package deployment in Fiscal Year 2025.As part of the embark process, the Navy installed sensors, unmanned vehicles, support containers and the software that enables Sailors to execute MCM operations from an Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship. The embarkation marks the formal turnover of the MCM mission package to the ship, signifying the crew is ready to

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Kraken Robotics Sees Strong Momentum Continuing

quarter and marked the company’s strongest quarter to date for both the product and service businesses.Revenue mix was 70% Product / 30% Service. Product revenue in the quarter was $19.6 million, an increase of 287% over the comparable quarter.The increase was the result of continued delivery of subsea batteries, work with the Canadian Navy on its Remote Minehunting and Disposal Systems program, the production of the company’s KATFISH product as well as the sale of Synthetic Aperture Sonar systems.Kraken is reiterating its 2024 financial guidance. For 2024, Kraken expects revenue between

Phoenix bags deal for Submarine Emergency System

Phoenix was contracted by the Spanish Navy to provide a Submarine Emergency Ventilation and Decompression System (SEVDS), a rapidly transportable (via air, land, and sea) system that provides breathing air to disabled submarines to extend life on board while awaiting rescue and, if necessary, can be used to reduce internal submarine pressure to reduce hyperbaric risks to surviving personnel. SEVDS is capable to a depth of 600 meters (2,000 feet) and can be connected to the submarine by divers or ROV.

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Maritime Risk Symposium 2024 – Great Power Competition and Gray Zone Engagement

present growing dangers to freedom of navigation, the maritime global commons, and world trade.  In 2024, gray zone activities against the maritime industry and the Marine Transportation System became front page news with drone attacks, ship sinkings, mining of grain-shipment corridors, cutting of subsea cables, and more. Due to adversarial actions, the industry itself is now at the center of attention for the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Merchant Marine, inter-agency partners, state and local governments, and international stakeholders.  Vessels have been harassed and

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Saildrone and Thales Australia Advance Autonomous Undersea Surveillance

Thales Australia’s BlueSentry thin-line towed array will be integrated with Saildrone Surveyor-class USVs for autonomous anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions in the open ocean.The Saildrone Surveyor is the largest in the Saildrone range of USVs and is capable of extreme, long-endurance missions in the open ocean. Equipped with the newest evolution of Thales’s BlueSentry towed array, the Surveyor will conduct autonomous underwater intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for ASW applications.At 20 meters long (65 feet) and weighing 15 tons, the Surveyor classifies as a medium USV

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Oceaneering Demos AUV for US Navy and Defense Innovation Unit

Oceaneering International, Inc. said its Subsea Robotics segment recently completed a one-week autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) demonstration for the U.S. Navy and Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) at Oceaneering’s subsea autonomy testing facility in Norway.During the week, Oceaneering demonstrated its portfolio of capabilities to design, engineer, operate and maintain the Freedom AUV, which was picked to evaluate capabilities of the platform for potential future development of a large displacement unmanned undersea vehicle (LDUUV) prototype. The demonstration included several days of at-sea

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Kraken Robotics Reels In $2.4M Sonar and Subsea Power Contracts

Canadian company Kraken Robotics has secured contracts totaling $2.4 million for subsea batteries and synthetic aperture sonar systems (SAS).The SAS sensor contracts are for a Research Institute and a Hydrographic Office of an unnamed Navy.No details can be provided on the subsea power customer due to confidentiality, Kraken Robotics informed.Deliveries of the systems will take place in 2024.

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Saipem and Fincantieri Form Subsea Alliance

Saipem and Fincantieri have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to evaluate commercial and industrial opportunities for cooperation in the field of autonomous subsea vehicles (AUV) and their integration with surface and underwater units.The MoU is among the initiatives aimed at promoting and developing Italy’s national excellence in the underwater sector.The agreement aims to enable the two companies to participate in major programs in the Italian and international markets in the area of surveillance and control of critical underwater infrastructure and rescue activities, through the use

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US Navy Christens Submarine Idaho (SSN 799)

Groton, Conn. submarine builder General Dynamics Electric Boat hosted a christening ceremony for the U.S. Navy's new Virginia-class submarine Idaho (SSN 799) March 16.Idaho is the 26th submarine in the Virginia class, designed for the full range of 21st-century mission requirements, including anti-submarine and surface ship warfare and special operations support. Electric Boat and its partner Newport News Shipbuilding share construction of the Virginia class in a teaming agreement. Idaho is the 13th submarine in the class to be delivered by Electric Boat.The submarine will be the fourth U.S.

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Dutch Government Picks France's Naval Group for Submarines Order

The Dutch government on Friday said it had picked French defense company Naval Group to build four new submarines in coming decades in a long-brewing deal seen by politicians as a potential lifeline for the national shipbuilding industry.The government said the first two submarines would be operational within the next 10 years. It did not specify the exact value of the multi-billion euro contract.The submarines will be of a size to both operate in shallow waters and take part in missions far from base.The agreement still has to be approved by the Dutch parliament, where several parties voiced discontent

L to R: Micael Johansson, CEO of Saab, and Arnout Damen, CEO of Damen Shipyards (Credit: Damen)

Damen and Saab Agree to Export C-71 Submarines

Damen Shipyards and Saab have agreed to export the advanced expeditionary C-71 submarines, which have been developed for the Royal Netherlands Navy to replace the current Walrus class.The agreement doubles the long-term prospect of employment and income for the Netherlands Naval Cluster with the replacement of the Walrus submarines by Saab-Damen.Saab and Damen have been working together since 2015 to build, modernize, and maintain the new expeditionary submarine for the Royal Netherlands Navy.The two companies have now also agreed to offer their advanced expeditionary submarines to Canada, which is

Kraken KATFISH on MSF drone vessels (Credit: Kraken Robotics)

Kraken Robotics Delivers Minehunting Systems to Royal Danish Navy

Canadian company Kraken Robotics has completed deliveries and sea acceptance tests of all systems for its minehunting sonar equipment under the contract with Royal Danish Navy.The contract was signed in September 2020, following a competitive bidding process. Under the contract with the Danish Ministry of Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO), Kraken has delivered four complete turnkey minehunting systems.Each system consists of a KATFISH towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar, Tentacle Winch and Autonomous Launch and Recovery System (ALARS), topside command and control equipment, and remote

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