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28 Aug 15. Unmanned underwater vehicles market to reach $343m. The global autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) market will reach $353m by 2020, according to a forecast by research firm MarketsandMarkets. This reflects a compound annual growth rate of 13.42 percent between 2015 and 2020.
The market for large AUVs will see particularly strong growth, with a compound annual growth rate of 14.87 percent. North America will remain the largest market while the Asia-Pacific region will see rapid growth.
North America had the largest market for AUVs in 2014 and this trend is expected to continue while Asia-Pacific region would witness rapid growth during the forecast period. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
30 Aug 15. BMT Whole Life Warship Capability Management Course Broadens Naval Knowledge. BMT Design & Technology (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has delivered the first Whole Life Warship Capability Management course in Canberra, Australia, to a full enrolment of defence, government and industry participants. The four day course presented delegates with the knowledge to plan for and manage the capability definition, acquisition and sustainment phases of warship ownership. The course is the only one of its kind in Australia and has been developed to assist with the challenge of sustaining the existing RAN fleet, whilst preparing for major acquisition programs including offshore patrol vessels, frigates, replenishment ships and submarines. The course is scheduled to run again on the 16th of November 2015, and is currently accepting enrolments.
The course provides detailed insight into the processes and management of warship projects as well as the key engineering activities and disciplines that are integral to ship design, with modules including:
• Capability Development;
• Requirements Management;
• Design Process and Safety;
• Technical Evaluation;
• Design Control and Validation;
• Cost Engineering;
• Standards, Certification & Regulation;
• Hydrostatics and Hydrodynamics;
• Power and Propulsion;
• Hull and Mechanical Systems;
• Electrical and Control Systems; and
• Through Life Support.
A number of international experts were invited to present to the course delegates including Professor Jonathan Gates, who has held a number of senior positions on major UK naval projects, and recently published a book for the Royal Navy on the Type 45 destroyer. He presented topics discussing Battlespaces and Total Ship Survivability which demonstrated the impact sensors, effectors and command and control elements have on the acquisition process and whole of life support.
Gordon MacDonald, Managing Director of BMT Design & Technology, also presented at the course and says: “The BMT Whole Life Warship Capability Management Course shares our expertise in warship design and program management with the naval community, and gave the delegates numerous opportunities for interactive discussion and debate. We are thrilled by the positive reception and active participation we received from those who attended.”
25 Aug 15. GHOST FLEET – A Novel of the Next World War, By P. W. Singer and August Cole, Ebook, priced £5.99, available from all digital retailers. What would World War 3 Look like? The United States, China, and Russia eye each other across a 21st century version of the Cold War. But what if it ever turned hot? Ghost Fleet – which has hit the headlines in the US – is published in the UK on 3rd August 2015. In the spirit of early Tom Clancy, Ghost Fleet is a page-turning imagining of how World War III might play out. But what makes it even more notable is how the book smashes together the technothriller and nonfiction genres. It is a novel, but with 400 endnotes, showing how every trend and technology featured in the book – no matter how sci-fi it seems – is real. It lays out the future of technol