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2018:  MARCH

August 2017 Issue

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK Group has successfully demonstrated a complete unmanned MCM Detect to Engage mission at the Belgium Navy’s North Sea Unmanned MCM Trials.

The ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK ARCIMS USV was fitted with a towed AQS-24B mine-hunting sonar from Northrop Grumman and the SeaFox mine disposal system from ATLAS ELEKTRONIK. Once in the operational area, a 6-hour Detect to Engage mission was carried out using both remote control and autonomous operations.

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK’s new station-keeping autonomous behavior positioned the ARCIMS for accurate and stable launch and delivery of SeaFox for mine disposal.

Raytheon, Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile for US
Raytheon Co. and Kongsberg Gruppen will offer the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) to meet the U.S. Navy’s over-the-horizon requirement for its Littoral Combat Ships and future frigates.

NSM is a long-range, precision missile with strike capability against heavily defended land and sea targets and advanced seeker and target identification technology.

RoboBoat Competition Tests
Students Maritime Engineering Skills

Autonomy and the future force were in the spotlight as nine student-led teams tested their maritime engineering skills during the 10th annual International RoboBoat Competition in Daytona Beach, Florida. The competition is sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation.

The mission tasks demonstrated the student-designed maritime systems’ autonomous behavior in different scenarios, including speed, automated docking, finding a path in a crowded area, target identification, precise navigation and return to dock.

The Daytona Beach Homeschoolers won the top prize, Hagerty High School from Oviedo, Florida, won second prize and Georgia Tech took third.

SeeTrack to Integrate into
Belgian Navy AUV Fleet

SeeByte has sold 10 SeeTrack licenses, including personnel training, to the Belgian Navy. SeeTrack will be integrated onto the Navy’s AUV fleet, which will be deployed for mine countermeasures (MCM).

The software package includes additional specialist modules designed for MCM operations, including automatic target recognition, change detection tool, performance analysis training tool and seafloor classification modules.

Metal Shark to Build NCPVs
For US Partner Nations

Metal Shark has been selected by the U.S. Navy to build Near Coastal Patrol Vessels (NCPVs) for U.S. partner nations through the Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales program. Metal Shark will build up to 13 85-ft. Defiant-class welded aluminum cutters for the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala and other U.S. partner nations.

Metal Shark will also supply electro-optical infrared sensors, diagnostic equipment, in-country reactivation, crew familiarization and test support.

DCNS Gets New Name
For International Push

DCNS has changed its name to Naval Group to support its ambitions of exposure and credibility in international markets.

This follows on the success of 2016 with selection by Australia as its preferred international partner for the design and build of 12 future submarines and the creation of a subsidiary in marine renewable energy.

ABS to Provide Classification, Certification
For Canadian Navy Noncombatant Fleet

ABS has been awarded the Non-Combatant Class Society contract by the Canadian Department of National Defence to provide classification and certification services for the Royal Canadian Navy’s noncombatant vessel fleet.

ABS will assist in transitioning the noncombatant vessels to a Naval Materiel Regulatory framework, with the first phase of the program focusing on services for the Kingston and Orca vessel classes, as well as the auxiliary fleet, which engages in tug, diving and range support operations.

In support of the future fleet, ABS will also play a key role in the transition process for the Harry DeWolf- and Queenston-class vessels into Canada’s Naval Materiel Regulatory framework.

2018:  MARCH

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