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Jan 20 17 7:35 PM
Lockheed Martin Building LRASM Top Side Launcher Prototype for LCS OTH RequirementSNA 2017 Show NewsPublished: Thursday, 19 January 2017 22:02 At the Surface Navy Association's (SNA) National Symposium recently held near Washington DC, Lockheed Martin was showcasing its Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) in three configurations: Air launched (as part of OASUW Increment 1 for B-1B and F/A-18), VLS launched (from Mk41) as well as top side launchers fitted on a LCS Frigate based on the Freedom-class LCS. Lockheed Martin LCS Frigate scale model at SNA 2017 featured LRASM top side launchers A draft request for proposal (RFP) for the LCS Frigate over the horizon (OTH) weapon requirement was issued in December 2016, with the final RFP expected by the end of January 2017. The contenders to answer the LCS OTH requirement are Kongsberg (teamed with Raytheon) with the NSM, Lockheed Martin with the LRASM and Boeing with the Harpoon ER. Each company was showcasing their anti-ship missile solution at SNA this year.“The next opportunity for LRASM is an emmerging opporunity called the frigate over the horizon weapon RFP [...] for that platform we need a top-side launcher [...] we have a concept for that launcher, it is a modular system where you can have 2 missiles on a launcher or a four-pack [...] we are building our first top-side launcher prototype and are planning for a flight test in the summer of this year" said Scott Callaway, Surface-Launched LRASM program manager at Lockheed Martin. The distributed lethality concept (one of the themes of the symposium) was introduced by Vice Admiral Thomas Rowden, the Commander of the U.S. Navy's surface forces. It can be summarized by fitting more weapons on more vessels in order to "deceive the enemy, target the enemy, and destroy the enemy".The Lockheed Martin LCS Frigate model on display at SNA 2017 featured 8x LRASM missiles in two launchers located between the Mk44 30mm guns and funnels (note the two MK 53 Nulka decoy launchers placed right next to the LRASM launchers too). The frigate model still features the 2x 30 cells for Longbow Hellfire missiles from the LCS Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM).The LRASM is a long-range subsonic cruise missile designed for better range and survivability than current anti-ship weaponry. This missile development program is a joint effort of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Naval Air Systems Command and the United States Air Force. The air launched variant, designated AGM-158C, first phase of inflight tests was completed in early 2016. Lockheed Martindemonstrated LRASM’s Surface Launch Capabilities in July 2016, from the U.S. Navy Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS).
Jan 25 17 12:37 AM
Video: BAE Systems Naval Weapon Systems at SNA 2017 - Railgun - HVP - Mk45 - Mk110Published: Monday, 23 January 2017 18:53 At the Surface Navy Association's (SNA) National Symposium recently held near Washington DC, BAE Systems was showcasing its entire range of naval weapons systems to support the US Navy's distributed lethality concept. Mk 45 Mod 4 Naval Gun System scale model Electromagnetic RailgunThis fascinating technology, which uses high-power electromagnetic energy instead of explosive chemical propellants to launch projectiles farther and faster than any previous system, is currently in Phase 2 of the program. During this phase, BAE Systems will advance the railgun by maturing the launcher and pulsed power from a single shot operation to a multi-shot capability. Auto-loading and thermal management systems will also be incorporated. BAE Systems received a $34.5M contract from ONR in 2013 to pursue these efforts.Hyper Velocity Projectile (HVP)The HVP is a next-generation, common, low drag, guided projectile capable of executing multiple missions for a number of gun systems. The high-velocity compact design relieves the need for a rocket motor to extend gun range. Firing smaller, more accurate rounds decreases the likelihood for collateral damage and provides for deeper magazines and improved shipboard safety. Video: BAE Systems naval weapons at SNA 2017Mk 45 Mod 4 Naval Gun SystemThe 5-inch (127-mm) 62-caliber Mk 45 Mod 4 Naval Gun system is in U.S. Navy service today, and is ready to significantly enhance Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) and overall mission performance. Major upgrades of the Mk 45 Mod 4 include a 62-caliber barrel, strengthened gun and mount subsystems, advanced control system enhancement, and a reduced signature, low maintenance gun shield.Mk110 Naval Gun SystemBAE Systems' 57MM Mk110 (internationally known as the Bofors' 57Mk3) provides high survivability and tactical freedom at all levels of conflict. In the littoral scenario the gun must have the capability to engage threats that were impossible to engage with conventional gun systems. Survivability in such an environment requires an extremely flexible weapon system. The 57mm Mk110 has this flexibility, which is proven by the fact that it is the deck gun of choice for the US Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter and offshore patrol cutter classes of ships, as well as for the US Navy’s LCS ships.
Jan 28 17 12:48 PM
DARPA awards Raytheon Phase II contract for MAD-FIRES guided projectile conceptRichard Scott, London - IHS Jane's International Defence Review27 January 2017 Raytheon Missile Systems has been selected by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to execute the next phase of the Multi Azimuth Defense Fast Intercept Round Engagement System (MAD-FIRES) programme.Designed to improve ship survivability in high threat environments, the MAD-FIRES programme is, according to DARPA's Tactical Technology Office, intended to mature technologies "associated with a medium-calibre [30-57 mm] guided projectile that would combine the guidance, precision, and accuracy generally afforded by missiles with the speed, rapid-fire capability, and large ammunition capacity afforded by bullets".DARPA's premise is that current close-range gun systems would significantly benefit from an ability to rapidly and accurately engage multiple, diverse targets approaching from different axes.(113 of 552 words)
Feb 4 17 1:39 AM
Raytheon evaluates seeker options for Maritime Strike TomahawkRichard Scott, London - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets31 January 2017 Key Points :* The US Navy plans that the Maritime Strike Tomahawk will introduce an anti-ship seeker* The upgrade will provide in-flight terminal guidance for Tomahawk Block IV against moving maritime targetsRaytheon Missile Systems is exploring seeker options to meet the requirements of the US Navy's (USN's) Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) programme, with a dual-mode sensor emerging as the most likely choice.Intended as an upgrade for existing Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles, the USN plans that the MST package will introduce an anti-ship seeker to enter service in fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022). The modernisation is being planned in parallel with a forthcoming missile recertification programme.(130 of 867 words)
Feb 8 17 5:03 PM
Norway opts to buy German submarinesSebastian Schulte, Bonn - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly08 February 2017 Norway's decision, announced on 3 February, to procure four Type 212NG submarines and enter a strategic partnership with the German Navy and Germany's naval industry will have major implications for both countries' defence industries.As part of the agreement Germany will also buy two submarines in the same NG (Norway-Germany/Next Generation) configuration. The deal could also be expanded to meet Dutch and Polish requirements, as both countries have been in continuous negotiations with Norway. So far Poland has signed industrial co-operation agreements with Saab/Kockums and DCNS.The decision is a much needed win for Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), after the company lost an important bid to build Australia's next generation of submarines in April 2016. As a result the Norwegian tender, where French and German offers had been down selected, it was considered a 'must win' by Berlin and TKMS. There had been concern that if France was again successful that TKMS would come under commercial pressure and could be subject to a French takeover bid. Norway and Germany's partnership to buy submarines from TKMS has accordingly strengthened the company to the point that such consolidation seems less far off than before.Another implication from the deal affects Germany's missile industry. Jane's understands that as part of the German-Norwegian deal the Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) has been chosen for Germany's Multirole Combat Ship (MKS 180), in lieu of the previously planned Saab Bofors Dynamics/Diehl BGT Defence RBS 15 missile.
Feb 16 17 12:47 AM
PHAROS FIRE CONTROL RADAR IN DEVELOPMENT IN INDIAThales and BTSL (BEL-Thales Systems Limited) are on track for the development of PHAROS fire control radar.Press release, 13 February 2017In March 2016, Thales and BSTL signed a strategic co-operation contract to jointly develop PHAROS, a fire control radar for both gun and missile systems.We have progressed well on the development work. The Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for one of the work packages for PHAROS has been successfully passed. The design and development for other work packages is also on track. Moreover, a dedicated engineering factory has been established between BTSL and Thales. This factory provides high speed secure data communication for data transfer.This joint development is strengthening the co-operation of Thales and BTSL in the field of innovative technologies and is in line with the ‘Make in India’ vision of the Government of India. The jointly developed PHAROS system will cater to both domestic Indian and international market requirements.The responsibility of overall system design is managed by Thales. BTSL will develop the mechanical design and radar processing modifications while Thales will be responsible for the design and production of the radar antenna.PHAROS will be a great asset and will significantly add to the fire control capabilities of the Indian armed forces and also customers worldwide.About PHAROS:PHAROS is a tracking radar for gun and missile control. Its electronic beam steering capability enables multiple-target tracking and integrated guided ammunition control. PHAROS controls any medium calibre type gun, ranging from 30mm to 76mm for naval and ground-based applications.PHAROS provides defence against small, fast moving and highly manoeuvrable air and surface targets that may also be encountered in littoral missions. The multiple target tracker is capable of simultaneously controlling — in all weather conditions — the engagement of these targets with guided ammunition.
Feb 16 17 10:49 AM
THALES WILL SUPPLY CONTINUOUS WAVE ILLUMINATION TRANSMITTERS TO THE ROYAL DANISH NAVY15.02.2017On 31 January 2017, Thales has been awarded a contract by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization for the delivery of 14 Continuous Wave Illumination (CWI) transmitters to be integrated in the current ESSM fire control systems on-board the Absalon and Iver Huitfeldt class vessels of the Royal Danish Navy. Key Points :* Thales will deliver 14 CWI (Continuous Wave Illumination) transmitters to the Royal Danish Navy* Thales’s CWI transmitter utilizes Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology and incorporates a proven missile waveform generator (MWFG)* The first delivery will be made mid-2019 and the last system will be delivered in 2021The CWI transmitter is one of the key components in the fire control chain by providing the x-band signal to illuminate the threat and allow the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), a medium-range, surface-to-air US missile, to “home in” on the reflected signal.Thales’s CWI transmitter utilizes state-of-the-art Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology and incorporates a proven missile waveform generator (MWFG) building block to provide unrivalled performance. The design is scalable to support emerging missile modes and threats."The CWI transmitter is an important product in our strategy as it strengthens our ability to provide complete ESSM fire control solutions in the market". Geert van der Molen, Surface radars and above water systems VP at Thales in the Netherlands The first delivery will be made mid-2019 and the last system will be delivered in 2021. A second contract was signed for the sustainment support of the CWI systems until 2049.
Feb 16 17 10:45 PM
U.S. army engineers have designed a new muzzle break LBOP for M119 105mm towed howitzer.Published: Thursday, 16 February 2017 08:29U.S. Engineers from Watervliet Arsenal have designed a 105 mm low blast overpressure muzzle brake, or LBOP. It's the first large caliber muzzle brake designed specifically for an existing gun system. Muzzle brake designs for large caliber have historically been for brand new cannon designs, but the LBOP was designed around the existing M119 howitzer platform. The M119 105mm howitzer, outfitted with the LBOP muzzle brake, ready for live-fire testing at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. (Photo Credit: US Army website) The designs are being developed at the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center's Benet Laboratories at Watervliet. A muzzle brake achieves recoil reduction by redirecting propellant gasses rearward, explained Robert Carson, LBOP design engineer. It's similar to the thrust reversal used during the landing of a jet plane when the jet plane's engines redirect engine exhaust forward to reduce the jet's forward momentum.The more efficiently a muzzle break redirects propellant gasses to the rear of the gun, Carson explained, the greater the reduction in the recoil."It is important to the warfighter because it allows them to be more lethal by sustaining [a] higher number of rounds fired per day," said Alan Ng, LBOP program lead, "because the blast overpressure from this new muzzle brake that is experienced by the artilleryman is significantly lower." An Army Soldier assigned to Alpha Battery, 1-143rd Field Artillery, prepares to test fire an M119A3 105mm Howitzer at Camp Roberts, Calif., January 18, 2017. The LBOP muzzle break also reduces the auditory and non-auditory health hazards -- compared to the current muzzle brake on the M119, according to Carson. "The reduction in impulse noise [blast overpressure] varies between 13 percent to 48 percent at various quadrant elevations and crew locations," Ng said.The 105 mm LBOP muzzle brake would be used with the M119 Towed Howitzer during shorter range howitzer missions and training.The M119 Towed Howitzer is designed specifically for this 105 mm M20 cannon, but the technology can be engineered for other cannon platforms, such as a 155 mm.The M119 is a lightweight 105mm towed howitzer in service with the US Army. The howitzer provides direct and indirect fire support to the forces deployed in combined arms operations. The M119A2 is equipped with with a digital fire control system that includes an inertial navigation unit, guided-precision system technology and other features that will give the weapon the ability to determine its precise geographical location on its own.The digitized M119A2 includes a GPS-aided Inertial Navigation Unit, or INU, that knows where the weapon is at all times, so optical sites are not needed to determine location. The INU allows the Soldier to ready the howitzer and fire the first round in two to three minutes. The latest version, the M119A3 has received several significant upgrades that improve performance, maintainability and safety. The most recent upgrades incorporated into the current configuration include digital fire control; increased low temperature capability, from -25 to -51 degrees Fahrenheit; and the M20 breech.
UAE Navy Procures Raytheon RAM Block 2 Missile to Enhance Baynunah-class Corvette Protection Raytheon announced on Day 1 of IDEX / NAVDEX 2017 that the United Arab Emirates Navy awarded Raytheon a multi-million direct commercial sale for an undisclosed amount of Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAMs) Block 2, associated equipment, training and support. Close up view of the RAM launcher fitted on a UAE Navy Baynunah-class Corvette at NAVDEX RAM is a best-in-class ship self-defense weapon. It’s a supersonic, lightweight, quick-reaction, fire-and-forget weapon designed to protect ships against anti-ship missiles, helicopters, aircraft and surface craft.“The Emirates want to protect the investment they’ve made in their naval forces, and that’s what RAM missiles provide,” said Chris Davis, president of Raytheon International Inc. in the UAE. UAE Navy Baynunah-class Corvette at NAVDEX The missiles will be used to protect the Emirates’ Baynunah-class corvettes, which are used by the UAE Navy for surveillance, interception, coastal patrol, helicopter operations and other security missions.According to Alan Davis, Raytheon’s Director of short-range defense systems, the RAM Block 2 is ideal for the UAE Navy because it “defends against complex threats that are maneuvering faster than other systems can defeat.”Asked by Navy Recognition if this was the first export sale for RAM Block 2, Davis replied: "The UAE is the first direct commercial sale of the RAM Block 2, and the first to have Block 2 capabilities in the region.”
SIHAM3 combined Anti-Air and Anti-Surface Weapon System at IDEX 2017Published: Sunday, 19 February 2017 20:28At IDEX 2017, the UAE company Siham Al Khaleej Technology (SAKT), together with Leonardo and MBDA are presenting an innovative and cost-effective weapon system designated “SIHAM3”, (meaning arrow in Arabic) providing a comprehensive and stand-alone anti-air and anti-surface capability to all types of warships. SIHAM3 Anti Air and Anti Surface weapon system at NAVDEX 2017 This industrial cooperation was officially announced during IDEX 2017 and a mock-up of the system is displayed at the SAKT booth, B-0004, at NAVDEX.In particular, SAKT will be responsible for integration of the “SIHAM3” weapon system, which combines two Leonardo products: the OTO Marlin WS 30mm Naval Gun and the Medusa MK4/B Electro-Optical Fire Control System (EO-FCS) providing a stand-alone capability to detect and track with high accuracy either air or surface targets. The system is completed with an MBDA Twin Air Defence Mistral missile launcher on a single mounting.This new system will be fully controlled by a single operator and will allow for a significant reduction in the ship’s installation requirement thanks to a single mounted system.A further evolution of the SIHAM3 will allow integration with a Combat Management System (CMS).This “Made in the UAE” system will be developed, produced, assembled and integrated by the three parties together.Navy Recognition learned during NAVDEX 2017 that a variant with 4x missiles was tested but found to be too heavy for the turret. We also learned that the UAE Navy submitted a RFQ for the upgrade of 10 exhisting marlin systems to the SIHAM3 variant (including the Abu Dhabi class ASW corvette, some MCM vessel and an inteligence gather vessel).
Lockheed Martin's Modernized TACMS Missiles Successful in Two New Flight Tests DALLAS, Feb. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) modernized Tactical Missile System (TACMS) missile continued its streak of successful flight tests with two recent flights at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. These tests represent the third and fourth consecutive successful trials of the modernized TACMS.In December, a modernized TACMS successfully engaged and destroyed a target in a 71-kilometer test. And in early February, a fourth modernized TACMS destroyed a target at White Sands at a range of more than 200 kilometers. In both tests, the TACMS missiles were launched from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher."With our third and fourth consecutive successful modernized TACMS flights, I believe we have demonstrated that our production quality and new technology are ready to move forward," said Scott Greene, vice president of Precision Fires & Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "These modernized TACMS missiles will allow our warfighters to quickly and accurately address imprecisely located targets on the battlefield."The missiles used in these two tests were produced at Lockheed Martin's Precision Fires Production Center of Excellence in Camden, Arkansas. As part of the U.S. Army's TACMS Service Life Extension Program, the modernized missile includes new state-of-the-art guidance electronics and added capability to defeat area targets without leaving behind unexploded ordnance. The TACMS modernization process disassembles and demilitarizes TACMS Block 1 and 1A submunition warheads, replacing them with new unitary warheads and bringing them into compliance with Department of Defense policy on cluster munitions and unintended harm to civilians. The modernization process also resets the missile's 10+ year shelf life.In December 2014, Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Army signed a $74 million contract to take existing TACMS missiles from inventory and modernize them.The TACMS platform provides maximum flexibility to quickly integrate new payloads and capabilities to meet current and future demands.With unsurpassed performance and an unwavering commitment to production excellence, TACMS is the only long-range tactical surface-to-surface missile ever employed by the U.S. Army in combat. TACMS missiles can be fired from the entire family of MLRS launchers.
Meet the Navy’s Enterprise Air Surveillance RadarEASR is the U.S. Navy’s next generation radar for aircraft carriers and amphibious warfare ships, providing simultaneous anti-air and anti-surface warfare, electronic protection and air traffic control capabilities.The radar delivers increased performance, higher reliability and sustainability, and lower total ownership cost than the radars they will replace.EASR leverages the highly-scalable design and mature technologies of AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), in a tailored configuration to deliver superior capability to meet the mission requirements of carriers and amphibious ships. It features:* Power, efficiency, size/weight, cost and reliability benefits of gallium nitride (GaN)* Digital beamforming and advanced algorithms for operation in high clutter, near-land, electromagnetic interference environments.* Built-in cyber resiliencyTHE HIGHLY CAPABLE, TRULY SCALABLE RADARSBoth EASR and AMDR are built with the same individual ‘building blocks’ called Radar Modular Assemblies. Each RMA is a self-contained radar in a 2’x2’x2’ box. These individual radar RMAs can stack together to form various size arrays to fit the mission requirements of any ship.AMDR is comprised of 37 RMAs – which is equivalent to SPY-1D(V) +15 dB in terms of sensitivity. To give this perspective, it means that SPY-6 can see a target of half the size at twice the distance of today’s radars.EASR is a 9 RMA configuration – which is equivalent to the sensitivity of the current SPY-1D(V) radar on today’s destroyers, and at only 20% of the size of the legacy SPS-48. These are considerable enhancements over the radars in service on current (and future) EASR-designated ship classes.Two variants of EASR will be provided (each face an identical 9-RMA array):Variant 1 – a single face, rotating radar* Upgraded capability replacing AN/SPS-48 and -49 air search radars* Primary sensor for ship self-defense and situational awareness* Designated radar for LHA-8 and LX(R)Variant 2 – three face, fixed array radar* Upgraded capability replacing AN/SPY-4 Volume Search Radar* Primary sensor for ship self-defense, situational awareness and air traffic control* Designated radar for CVN 78 Ford-class carriers, starting with CVN 79RELIABILITY AND AFFORDABILITYThe commonality - in both hardware and software – with SPY-6 offers a host of advantages, including performance, availability and reliability; maintenance, training, logistics and lifecycle support. Its open architecture design enables maximum use of commercial-off-the-shelf components and the seamless and rapid insertion of future technology.The radar’s performance and reliability are a direct result of more than 10 years of investment in core technologies, leveraging development, testing and production of high-powered Gallium Nitride (GaN) semiconductors, distributed receiver exciters, and adaptive digital beamforming. GaN components cost 34% less than Gallium Arsenide alternatives, deliver higher power density and efficiency, and have demonstrated meantime between failures at an impressive 100 million hours.Both variants of the radar have an extremely high predicted operational availability due to the reliable GaN transmit/receive modules, the low mean-time-to-repair, and a very low number of Line Replaceable Units. Designed for maintainability, standard LRU replacement in the RMA can be accomplished in under six minutes – requiring only two tools.
Rheinmetall promoting its Skynex air defence system in Abu DhabiPublished: Wednesday, 22 February 2017 08:05At IDEX 2017, the German Company Rheinmetall, one of the world’s foremost supplier of state-of-the-art air defence systems is showcasing its new approach to the below-Patriot threat spectrum in five highly realistic scenarios. A solution for neutralizing projectiles that cannot be stopped with larger, missile-based air defence systems. Rheinmetall's Oerlikon Revolver GUN Mk3 Experience gained in current conflicts shows that certain threats cannot be effectively countered with large, missile-based air defence systems, while other projectiles slip past the defensive shield as ‘leakers’. First and foremost, these include mortar shells, small rockets, drones and similar projectiles from the “low, slow, small spectrum”.Forming the basis here is the Oerlikon Skynex, the Rheinmetall Group’s ground-based, fully networked, future air defence system first presented at Eurosatory 2016. It features open, modular architecture, forging a wide array of sensors and effectors into a highly effective, extensively automated system. Centralized and decentralized operation and command are equally possible, and the system can be configured for either a tactical or operational role. Highly mobile, the Oerlikon Skynex is ready for action in very short order. This makes it ideal for defending sensitive infrastructure and areas from virtually every form of aerial threat, both symmetric and asymmetric – around the clock and in all weathers. It instantly detects incoming rockets and artillery and mortar (RAM) rounds and even very small drones, engaging them with scalable intensity.The core element of Skynex is the Oerlikon Skymaster command system, which stays in contact with other subsystems via a tactical communications network. This means that Rheinmetall can integrate assets such as Skyshield or Skyguard fire units, guided missile launchers or even high-energy laser (HEL) effectors into the system. The Skynex configuration on show at IDEX 2017 features a Skyshield sensor unit, the Oerlikon Revolver Gun Mk3, a Cheetah guided missile launcher and an HEL effector. Oerlikon X-TAR3D Search Radar at IDEX 2017 Remotely operated and network-capable, the Oerlikon Revolver Gun Mk3 can be equipped with tracking sensor units such as an X-band radar as well as electro-optical sensors and electronic warfare components. This assures fast, autonomous processing of externally assigned targets.Owing to its innovative warhead, the Cheetah short-range guided missile is capable of countering the RAM threat posed by low, slow and small projectiles even at short distances – as well as a wide variety of other aerial targets. The Cheetah is fired from a multiple launcher with a capacity of sixty guided missiles. Controlled from the system, several guided missiles can be launched at the same time, enabling simultaneous engagement of multiple targets at ranges of up to six kilometres.Rheinmetall’s HEL effector is a scalable, high-precision, silent weapon system, with a virtually inexhaustible supply of ammunition.Electronic warfare components and other sensors can also bolster the system’s performance against low, slow and small projectiles. Moreover, the Oerlikon Skynex can be connected via interfaces to higher echelon command levels or other air defence systems.
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