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May 2017 Issue

Successful Completion of
Knifefish Evaluation

The General Dynamics Mission Systems Knifefish team successfully completed a comprehensive evaluation of Knifefish, an autonomous surface mine countermeasure UUV. In coordination with the U.S. Navy, testing took place off the coast of Boston using submerged Navy mine test targets. This demonstrated the UUV’s capability to detect and classify potential mines at a variety of depths, each posing a unique threat to naval vessels operating in a mission area.

Knifefish will undergo additional at-sea testing this year to further refine system performance in advance of formal system acceptance testing.

Damen, VSTEP to Cooperate on
Delivery of Bridge Simulator

Damen and VSTEP have agreed to cooperate on the delivery of a NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge Simulator with Alphatron Marine equipment to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

This is part of the Sandy Bottom Project, which entails the Defence Force acquiring a range of Damen patrol vessels, upgrading its existing fleet and developing its port and base infrastructure.

VSTEP, working with Damen, will develop four simulated vessels for use in its custom simulator. VSTEP will deliver the latest version, 3.0, of NAUTIS.

Norway to Get Four

Kongsberg Maritime has signed a contract with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency for delivery of four complete HUGIN AUV systems for detection, classification and identification of mines with a depth rating of 3,000 m and equipped with advanced sensors for modern mine hunting.

The deliveries include systems for planning, execution and analysis of missions and launch and recovery systems for the Navy’s mine-hunting vessels, as well as in mobile containers.

Phoenix Builds ROV to Help
With MH370 Search

Phoenix International Holdings Inc. was tasked by the Naval Sea Systems Command Office of the Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving to design and build an ROV to conduct salvage operations to water depths of 2,000 ft. in search of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared March 2014. The ROV was made ready for at-sea testing within 10 months.

UK, France to Launch
Concept Phase of Weapon Program

The U.K. and France have signed an agreement to launch a joint concept phase of the Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon program with MBDA. Running for up to three years, the aim is to lay the groundwork and inform the U.K. and France’s decision making and requirements for a potential follow-on assessment and demonstration phase of the next generation of cruise and anti-ship missiles, with a planned operational capability to be achieved by the end of the next decade.

RJE to Supply NUWC
With Mini-Pingers

RJE has been awarded a contract from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Keyport, Washington, to supply the next-generation end-of-run location mini-pingers to support military tracking range.

The new location pinger will give NUWC the ability to program many aspects of the pinger to meet different mission needs now and in the future.

Thai Navy Chooses Rheinmetall
War Training Simulator

The Royal Thai Navy has chosen Rheinmetall’s Simulation and Training unit to supply a Naval Warfare Training Simulator (NWTS). The order includes construction of a new building. The facility is scheduled to go into operation in the third quarter of 2019.

The NWTS will prepare personnel for a variety of combat scenarios, e.g., engaging mines and surface, aerial and underwater targets.

Harbor Branch Gets Grant
To Package Optical Tracking System

Harbor Branch’s Ocean Visibility and Optics Laboratory was awarded a grant to package the Non-Invasive Underwater Optical Tracking System (NIUOTS) that the team is building in collaboration with the Naval Surface Warfare Center - Carderock Division based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It will be installed at their South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility.

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