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Eurosatory 2016: Nexter unveils Menhir 155 mm guided roundNicholas de Larrinaga, Paris - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly15 June 2016 Nexter revealed at Eurosatory 2016 that it is developing a new guided and extended range 155 mm artillery round called Menhir.(Nick de Larrinaga)According to company vice president Mohamed Ben-Ahmed, the round is currently in its demonstration phase. As part of this, Nexter has already conducted firing trial of the round.Menhir is guided via GPS and INS and features fold-out wings to extend its range (rather than using rocket assistance or base-bleed technologies).Nexter began development of Menhir around 18 months ago according to Ben-Ahmed, although he noted the company has been involved in developing guided ammunition for at least 20 years.(101 of 385 words)
May 25 17 1:08 PM
IDF takes TopGun artillery guidance system into serviceAndrew Galer, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly24 May 2017 A still from an IAI video shows TopGun guidance kits fitted to 155 mm artillery shells being prepared for firing from an M109. Source: Israel Aerospace IndustriesThe Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has taken into service the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) TopGun course correction fuze, IAI's Brigadier General (rtd) Benny Mehr told the IPQC Future Artillery Conference in London on 22-24 May. He said the IDF has ordered 5,000 units and the system will be fully operational by 2019.Attached to standard 155 mm artillery rounds where the fuze is normally screwed in, the TopGun is essentially an add-on guidance kit that also performs the role of a fuze. IAI says it uses a GPS receiver to adjust the trajectory of the shell in flight and is capable of achieving a circular error probable (CEP) of 10 m at up to 40 km with a unit cost of USD20,000.Mehr said the IDF's requirement was for a munition that can operate in a degraded GPS environment, but declined to provide further details of the TopGun's anti-jamming capabilities.The fuze has been designed for all 155 mm guns with 52 calibre-long barrels. IAI has announced that it will shortly be producing a version that can be fitted to standard 122 mm Grad-type artillery rockets.(209 of 291 words)
May 26 17 11:42 AM
Nammo working on ramjet-powered 155 mm artillery roundChristopher F Foss, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly25 May 2017 Nordic munitions house Nammo is developing a new 155 mm artillery projectile that is expected to have a maximum range of 90 km.Brief details of the new 155 mm round, which is being funded internally, were given by Thomas Danbolt, Nammo's product director for tank and artillery ammunition, during the IQPC Future Artillery conference held in London from 22 to 24 May.The new projectile will have a streamlined shape and be machined to much tighter manufacturing standards than conventional artillery projectiles. A ramjet propulsion system will enable it to achieve a range well beyond conventional 155 rounds, while a course correction fuze will give a circular error of probability (CEP) of well under 30 m.(140 of 294 words)
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EW Europe: SMART-L MM radar family expanded30th May 2017 - 13:00by Victor Barreira in Porto Dutch radar specialists Thales Nederland has unveiled a land-based, mobile tactical variant of its new SMART-L MM long-range multi-mission radar system.The new radar designated SMART-L MM/D (Multi-Mission/Deployable) complements the shipborne SMART-L MM/N (Multi-Mission/Naval) and tower-mounted SMART-L MM/F (Multi-Mission/Fixed) versions, which were purchased for Royal Netherland Navy and Royal Netherlands Air Force respectively.SMART-L MM/D, which is fully deployable, was designed to carry out air and ballistic missile defense surveillance roles thanks to its active electronically scanned array (AESA) and gallium nitride (GaN) technology, the company told Shephard during the system’s first presentation made on 12 May at the company’s facilities at Hengelo.It is comprised of the main radar antenna measuring 5.5 x 2.2 m and feature 28 tiles and 500 independent transmit/receive channels; antenna assembly; antenna drive; radar electronics, cooling & power distribution units; platform assembly including leveling jacks and cable entry panels; and radar control interface.The radar module is moved by an 8x8 high-mobility truck chassis with protected or unarmored cabin. The system can be transported by air by an Airbus Defence and Space A400M Atlas long-range airlifter.The radar system offers 400 km instrumented air defence range; instrumented ballistic missile range of 750 km in rotating mode and 1000 km in staring mode; and tracking capacity of 2000 tracks. It include integrated low vertical aperture 3-channel Mk XII identification friend or foe (IFF) antenna fit for Mode 1, 2, 3/A and C, NATO Secure Mod 4, Mode 5 Level 1 and 2 and Mode S Level 1 and 2.It provides capabilities including: dual axis multi-beam with instantaneous mono-pulse accuracy in azimuth and elevation; extended long-range waveform and processing; instantaneous doppler processing for the full range; high maneuverability; low signature threat, azimuth and elevation coverage; wide elevation coverage; fast track initiation and active tracking; dedicated electronic protective measures technique; and multipath suppression.The radar’s agnostic characteristics and open architecture ensures integration into existing ground-based air defence systems including Patriot PAC-3, Hawk Phase 3/ Hawk 21, TLVS (Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem) and SAMP/T (Système sol-Air Moyenne Portée-Terrestre), as well as to truck-mounted fire direction center and C4I network. Energy is delivered by truck-mounted power plant. Interoperability with dedicated radar control station can be achieved through ASTERIX (All-purpose StrucTured EUROCONTROL suRveillance Information eXchange), JREAP B&C (Joint Range Extension Application Protocol) and MICS (MEADS Internal Communications Subsystem) exchange protocols.
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U.S. Navy Wants Long-Range Guided Artillery Shell For Hitting Moving TargetsThe planned 155mm artillery round will use a combination of guidance systems, but is entirely "GPS-Free."BY JOSEPH TREVITHICKMAY 30, 2017The U.S. Navy is leading developing a new 155mm artillery round capable of destroying moving targets on land or at sea that could end up in use across three services, including the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. More importantly, the precision munitions will not use GPS, making them useful even in GPS denied environments. The Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWC Dahlgren), and the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have been coordinating on the project, blandly titled the Moving Target Artillery Round. The MTAR acronym has apparently lent itself to a more colorful program logo featuring a minotaur throwing the notional projectile. The Navy and its partners are still ironing out the full requirements, having just put out an official contracting notice looking for information from prospective industry partners in May 2017. The plan is to have the project formally up and running sometime in 2019.As of May 2017, the Navy was envisioning a 155mm round able to strike moving opponents on the surface, whether they are on dry land or out at sea, at ranges roughly between 40 and 60 miles, according to a briefing Sanford Steelman, a program manager at NSWC Dahlgren, presented at the National Defense Industry Association’s 2017 Armament Systems Forum & Firing Demonstration. Though not specified, to get these ranges from existing howitzers, the projectiles would need to be boosted by a rocket or another significant additional propellant source. The presentation also included a conceptual description of a fire mission by a howitzer battery against a land target.The MTAR project logo.The first phase involves the crew of an M777A1 155mm howitzer receiving and process the request for fire support, which would include uploading the relevant target information into the MTAR. This is the same basic procedure for Army and Marine Corps gunners employing the GPS-guided M982 Excalibur projectile. With Excalibur, the appropriate coordinates must be transferred into the guidance unit via before troops send it down range.The conceptual MTAR firing sequence.In the case of MTAR, the idea is to use a separate radar system to track the projectile and point it to the target’s general area. During flight, inertial navigation would keep it going in the right direction. In the final stage, a manned aircraft, drone, or troops on the ground would use a laser designator to aim the projectile at the exact target. Though not specified in Steelman’s brief, the round’s seeker would have to include a so-called “laser-lead” capability to calculate how far ahead of a moving target it needs to fly in order to actually hit the mark. Both the Army and Marines might find the shells useful for taking out opponents driving anything from tanks to technicals.The new guided 155mm round will be able to work in any Army or Marine Corps M777A1 howitzer. As such, it will undoubtedly be compatible with the M109A6 Paladin and M109A7 Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) self-propelled 155mm systems. Conceivably, existing counter-fire radars that can track incoming fire and locate enemy artillery batteries could supply the initial direction for the projectile, reducing the amount of additional new equipment troops would need to employ the final, production ammunition. The presentation featured a picture of the electronically-scanned AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder, one such system, as the notional example. Updated versions of the "Q-36" use an inertial navigation system to plot the path of projectiles to locate their launchers, which could also aid in MTAR’s guidance.But by far the most significant of MTAR’s features is that, unlike Excalibur or a number of other precision artillery ammunition already in service or in development, its guidance does not involve GPS in any way. The Navy specifically says this is to make sure troops and sailors can continue providing precise artillery support in a “satellite/network denied environment.” This would be a situation where the connection to the space-based navigation system is somehow broken, whether by jamming the signal, spoofing an inaccurate location, or someone just physically knocking down the satellites.Though this might sound like the plot of a Hollywood movie or the beginnings of a conspiracy theory, the Pentagon has become increasingly worried about the very real threats to GPS coverage. With so much of day-to-day combat heavily reliant on GPS, along with satellite-based communications and sensor systems, even a brief disruption could have wide-range impacts. These issues seem to be among the main driving factors behind the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) XS-1 space plane project. And The War Zone's own Tyler Rogoway has long been calling attention to the dangers of new technologies designed to attack targets in space and wrote the following in December 2016:Cyber warfare may be grabbing all the headlines lately, but space – the place where so much of America’s unique combat capability is enabled from – is the US military’s glaring Achilles Heel. China and Russia are rapidly developing new capabilities to destroy, disable, blind or even hijack American satellites in orbit in an attempt to level the playing field should a peer-state conflict breakout. The US is slowly trying to adapt to this new reality by spinning up new ways to navigate and target in GPS-denied combat environments – as well as coming up with new communications techniques that work around reliance on satellite relays.Unfortunately, the Navy's GPS-free solution isn't perfect. Lasers are notorious sensitive to environmental factors such as cloud cover, dust, and smoke, which can break up the beam or block it entirely. The Army has been well aware of this issue from years of experience with the M712 Copperhead laser-guided shell. The service had adopted this round specifically to attack tanks and other armored vehicles. With terminal laser-guidance only, Copperhead had a "glide mode" that allowed the shell to fly a flatter trajectory, keeping it below heavy cloud cover that could impair its targeting system. MTAR's initial and mid-course guidance would make it more flexible than Copperhead, but still be less so than a true "dual-mode" weapon with both GPS- and laser-guidance systems on board. Units would probably need to stock both these rounds and existing GPS-guided projectiles in order to cover all the expected target sets. This relative simplicity might keep the cost down and wide-spread fielding could potentially reduce the unit cost of each round even more, as both the Army and Marines buy stockpiles for all of their towed and mobile 155mm howitzers. The overall percentage is always an important consideration and might make the projectile a viable option for the 155mm Advanced Gun System (AGS) weapons on the Navy’s high-tech Zumwalt-class stealth destroyers, too. The ONR has already designated the eventual formal project a “Future Naval Capability” program.The Navy has had a desperate need for alternative projectiles or weapons for the Zumwalts since the service canceled future purchases of the advanced Long-Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP) in 2016. Each of these had a mind-boggling sticker price of $800,000. This decision left the ships’ main guns with literally no ammunition. Three services buying the MTAR could only drive down the cost even more and a cheap guided round, however imperfect, could provide at least an interim solution for the Zumwalt's glaring armament problem. To make the round even more attractive to the Navy, Steelman’s brief noted that there were already plans to develop a discarding sabot that would allow crews to fire the guided munitions from 5-inch naval guns, standard on all Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and Ticonderoga-class cruisers. Of course, the proposed MTAR wouldn't have the range of the LRLAP, which were able to hit targets up to 100 miles away. Depending on its minimum range, however, it might be more useful against small, waterborne attackers in a swarm scenario, and above all else can provide an over-the-horizon precision strike capability against moving targets that could be designated by a ship's MH-60 Seahawk helicopter or MQ-8 Fire Scout helicopter drone. Even small boats equipped with laser designators could act as forward targeting nodes, and of course the round would be especially useful for supporting troops ashore. MTAR is just one of a suite of guided munitions that the Navy is exploring as part of a broader project it calls “Enhanced Expeditionary Engagement Capability,” or E3C. Other developments included continued work on 81mm and 60mm mortar rounds with combination GPS- and laser-guidance systems. The goal of E3C is to “demonstrate the ‘art of the possible’ in fire support technologies for USMC weapons, through an ongoing series of integrated system firing demonstrations,” Steelman explained in his presentation.If all goes to plan, “possible” may include a precision, long-range artillery round free of the tether of GPS before the end of 2022.
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Raytheon contracted for extended-range JSOW testRichard Scott, London - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets09 June 2017 Raytheon Missile Systems has been contracted by the US Navy (USN) to test an extended-range (ER) variant of the air-launched AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW).The USD8.86 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract will see the company conduct a flight test demonstration of the powered JSOW C-1 All-Up-Round (AUR) before the end of March 2018.The JSOW is a medium-range, air-to-surface, precision-guided glide weapon employing a GPS/inertial navigation system and a terminal imaging infrared seeker. The JSOW C-1 variant, which achieved initial operational capability with the USN in 2016, adds a two-way Link 16 Strike Weapon Data Link and upgraded seeker software to meet the navy's requirements for a network-enabled weapon capable of precisely striking moving maritime targets at ranges of up to approximately 70 n miles (129.6 km).(149 of 373 words)
Jun 11 17 6:28 PM
Army pushes Long-Range Precision Fires development out by a yearBy: Jen Judson, June 9, 2017WASHINGTON — The Army is pushing the development plan for its Long-Range Precision Fires program — a top priority for the service — out by a year, according to budget documents.The Army had planned to enter the technology and risk reduction phase of the program in the second quarter of 2016. But in the fiscal 2018 budget request the milestone was pushed back a year. Subsequently, the Army won’t reach the engineering and manufacturing development phase, originally expected in the second quarter of 2020, until the second quarter of 2021 when an award will be made to a single contractor to move forward. LRPF is being developed to replace the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) capability with a maximum range greater than 400 kilometers. The Army also wants a launch pod missile container that holds a minimum of one missile and is compatible with existing launchers platforms such as the Multiple Launch Rocket System and the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.The technology and development milestone -- or Milestone A -- “was delayed for a year as the Army finalized the requirements and assessed the current state of technology to ensure schedule estimates reflected an executable program,” Dan O’Boyle, an Army spokesman, said in a statement to Defense News. He also pointed to new requirements specified in the 2016 and 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which bumped the technology development milestone.The NDAA language in question required the Army to obtain certain program certification and “include identification and sensitivity analysis of key cost drivers that may affect life-cycle costs of the program” as well as “analysis to support decision making that identifies and evaluates alternative courses of action that may reduce cost and risk, and result in more affordable programs and less costly system,” O’Boyle explained.The technology and development Acquisition Decision Memorandum was signed on March 31, 2017, he said.The FY18 budget reflects an increase of $22.2 million from the projected amount in FY17 to fund the LRPF program’s independent cost estimate directed by the Defense Acquisition Review Board. Another $15 million in additional funding covers materials needed to prepare for a prototype flight test.“Foreseeing the Milestone A delay, the Army developed a strategy and awarded efforts to Raytheon and Lockheed Martin to conduct trade studies and develop initial tactical designs as part of the Material Solution Analysis phase. Both contractors recently completed final technical reviews providing results of their trades including performance estimates of their initial designs against the LRPF requirements. The program office is currently assessing the results of this activity and the impact on the overall LRPF schedule,” O’Boyle said.The Army awarded two contracts through the Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium to both companies in August 2016 to initiate trade studies.While the Army has adjusted its preliminary plans for LRPF technology development to the right, it is moving into a critical phase with the two competing vendors developing LRPF solutions.The service awarded a $116.4 million contract in May to Raytheon for a three-year period of performance to design and build missile prototypes in the technology maturation and risk reduction phase. The designs will focus on the missile, the launch-pod missile container and the phase will culminate in a flight test to validate the prototype’s performance. The final award to Lockheed is pending, however, the period of performance will be the same. Raytheon’s JR Smith, director of Advanced Land Warfare Systems, told Defense News it was continuing “productive and robust” dialogue with the Army on possible ways to shorten the schedule to get to the EMD phase faster. But he added, it’s ultimately up to the Army to decide its development, production and fielding schedule for LRPF. As the service emphasizes a new multi-domain battle concept, which assumes all domains are contested in a way the service hasn’t seen in a long time, the Army is prioritizing the development and fielding of capabilities that allow it to operate in the predicted environment. The service's FY18 budget lists LRPF as its second modernization priority. air-and-missile defense is first.The Army has consolidated its research and development LRPF account with plans to spend a total of $604 million from FY17 through FY22. The FY17 budget contained less across the five-year plan with just $305.7 million from FY17 through FY21. Part of the LRPF funding shifted from the MLRS product improvement program, according to budget documents. LRPF was a new start program in FY17. The Army cut back on its efforts to develop longer-range fires during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and during the peace dividend after the Cold War because it assumed it could rely on other services to fill the gap. Now the service has to be able to defeat enemy forces on land and project power outward from land into aerospace, maritime or cyber space and across the electromagnetic spectrum. This means the Army needs cross-domain fires and artillery batteries to deliver surface-to-surface, surface-to-air and shore-to-ship capabilities.
Jun 11 17 7:00 PM
General Atomics Successfully Tests Railgun Hypersonic ProjectilesBlitzer Railgun Tests Continue Record of SuccessSAN DIEGO, CA, 10 MAY 2017 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that their hypersonic projectiles with an enhanced Guidance Electronics Unit (GEU) have been successfully tested during multiple firings from the organization’s three mega joule (3 MJ) Blitzer™ railgun system. The enhanced GEU containing a new battery configuration and running GA-EMS developed Guidance, Navigation, and Control software, completed testing at launch accelerations over 30,000 Gees at the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground in Utah.“We’re continuing to test at an impressive pace, building on the successes over the past year to advance both our Blitzer railgun systems and hypersonic projectile capabilities,” stated Nick Bucci, vice president Missile Defense and Space Systems at GA-EMS. “We are on track to conduct another series of tests using the Blitzer 10 MJ railgun system later this year. With each new firing, we continue maturing the technologies and performing risk reduction toward a multi-mission railgun weapon system that supports future operation on land and at sea.”The GEU tests also successfully demonstrated a continuous two-way data link between the in-flight projectiles and the ground station over the Dugway Proving Ground open range. In addition to the GEU, a new lightweight composite sabot was tested, demonstrating successful sabot separation and in bore structural integrity at the high acceleration levels.GA-EMS has internally funded the Blitzer railgun systems and hypersonic projectile development. Blitzer railguns are test assets that include a launcher, high density pulsed power, and weapon fire control system. GA-EMS recently announced the development and completion of the High Energy Pulsed Power Container (HEPPC) which provides twice the energy density of existing pulsed power systems. The HEPPC is intended to reduce the footprint for pulsed power required to launch projectiles, offering greater flexibility for future Navy and Army railgun applications.
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U.S. Army awards Raytheon $116.4 million contract for Long-Range Precision Fires technology maturation and risk reductionTUCSON, Ariz., June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Army awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $116.4 million contract to enter the technological maturation and risk reduction phase of the Long-Range Precision Fires program.LRPF is a new, longer-range surface-to-surface weapon that can defeat fixed land targets out to 499 kilometers which replaces the existing Army Tactical Missile System. Raytheon's LRPF solution, named DeepStrike: fires two missiles from a single weapons pod lowers costs and increases capacity boosts range over current systems by more than 40 percent "Raytheon can develop, test, and field this new capability and deliver it to the Army ahead of current expectations to replace aging weapons," said Dr. Thomas Bussing, vice president of Raytheon's advanced missile systems product line. "LRPF gives soldiers on the battlefield overmatch capability against adversaries."The technological maturation and risk-reduction phase includes testing missile components to be sure the design is ready for engineering and manufacturing development and live-fire demonstrations by the end of 2019.DeepStrike will offer the U.S. Army the capability to implement future upgrades that will increase its versatility for future battlefield requirements.
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Raytheon begins TMRR phase for its 'DeepStrike' army LRPF effortGeoff Fein, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets16 June 2017The US Army has given Raytheon the go-ahead to proceed into the technology maturation and risk reduction (TMRR) phase for its Long Range Precision Fires (LRPF) effort, now called DeepStrike.The company announced on 12 June that it received a USD116.4 million contract to enter the 34-month TMRR phase that will culminate in three guided flight tests at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.The LRPF munition will likely replace the Lockheed Martin MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS). One improvement the army is seeking is the ability to load two munitions into a single-launch pod container, which is not possible with the ATACMS. The two LRPFs per pod would enable the army to increase the rate of fires per launcher load.JR Smith, director of advanced land warfare systems for Raytheon Missile Systems, told Jane's on 15 June that the company is looking at ways it might be able to accelerate the programme."All the various components and technologies involved are really kind of here and now," he said. "We are not trying to invent anything new. When you start looking at everything that is involved here - GPS receivers and guidance electronics, the control actuation system, warhead design - all this is well understood."In March Raytheon conducted a test of its LRPF warhead solution. Smith noted the test went "very well".Lockheed Martin had also received an award for the initial risk mitigation effort. The army is expected to award the company a similar contract for the TMRR phase.Although Smith could not provide details of any of the components or subcomponents due to the ongoing LRPF competition, he said LRPF is leveraging work that Raytheon has in place on other programmes."We are leveraging stuff at the subcomponent level that we know is going to work well," he said. "In addition to getting high performance, the cost of manufacturing is obviously a key consideration."The art is putting it all together. That is one thing we do very well - system engineering. Once you have chosen your solution and some of these are sitting on the shelf, you start putting it together into subcomponents and testing those subcomponents."Once the subcomponent testing is complete and the components have been put together, Raytheon will begin work to ensure the projectile integrates with the launch pod and projectile container, Smith said.Those tests could include test-firing the projectile (although not with the full rocket motor) to ensure it can be expelled from the launch pod and possibly a controlled test shot, at short range, to build up to the guided flight tests planned at the end of the TMRR phase.Raytheon also will be working with its partner, Orbital ATK, to ensure the rocket motor can meet all the insensitive munitions tests.The rocket motor is a scaled-up variant of the motor used on the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System."Scaling it up to a 17-inch (43.18 cm) diameter missile … there is some work to be done, but it is well understood [and] not considered to be risky in any sense," he said.The rocket motor tests are designed to demonstrate, for example, that the engine can withstand a high-speed fragment impact, a gradual increase in temperature such as when exposed to a fire, and impact from a bullet.
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Raytheon to supply variable depth sonar for US Navy LCS vesselsMay 25, 2017The US Navy has awarded a contract to Raytheon for the delivery of its new variable depth sonar (VDS) system, which is an anti-submarine solution designed for the littoral combat ship (LCS) class.The $27.9m deal has been awarded following a study and product assessment phase that saw the company demonstrate that the features and capabilities of the VDS are able to address all of the navy's design and performance requirements.Raytheon will advance its design to a full Pre-Production Test Article under the new agreement. Completion of the deal is currently expected for late next year.The new arrangement also includes various production options, which if exercised will bring the total contract value to more than $300m.The VDS solution will be deployed from the US Navy’s LCS to aid in locating and tracking hostile submarines.Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems Seapower Capability Systems Business Area vice-president Paul Ferraro said: “We leveraged decades of sonar systems expertise and our proven ability to innovate to create this ground-breaking technology."Raytheon's reliable, cost-effective variable depth sonar will allow the navy to rapidly introduce this new anti-submarine capability to meet the LCS mission."The sonar system used will be identical for both LCS variants and features reduced weight to minimise ship impact.It has been specifically designed to increase manoeuvrability and offer the opportunity for enhanced warfighting payloads, along with providing easy operational capability that enhances crew efficiency and overall operational effectiveness.The features were validated by the fleet sailors, who operated the sonar system at a full-scale demonstration at Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in August last year.Image: Raytheon’s Littoral Combat Ship Variable Depth Sonar deployed and recovered at sea during developmental testing. Photo: courtesy of Raytheon.
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