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27 Oct 08. BAE Systems has launched its ARTISAN 3D (Advanced Radar Target Indication Situational Awareness and Navigation) radar for the export market at Euronaval. ARTISAN is designed as a main surveillance and target indication radar for surface vessels. It provides high performance in difficult environmental and clutter conditions and is ideally suited for operation in the littoral. ARTISAN is scaleable to suit a range of platforms from offshore patrol vessels to major warships and is designed for the easy insertion of technology upgrades. In August 2008, the ARTISAN 3D radar was selected by the UK Ministry of Defence to provide the next generation of medium range radars for the majority of the current Royal Navy surface fleet and for the Future Aircraft Carriers (CVF), in a contract valued at GBP100m. (Source: ASD Network)
23 Oct 08. A MICA missile fired from a vertical launcher scored a direct hit against a Banshee drone flying at low level over the sea at a range exceeding 12 km. The firing was carried out by MBDA at the DGA’s (Délégation Générale pour l’Armement) CELM (Centre d’Essais de Lancement de Missiles) at Biscarosse (Landes). This, the latest of a series of 14 successful MICA firings from vertical launchers, marks the end of the validation trials of the production series CLA (Conteneur Lanceur Autonome – Autonomous Launcher Container). The CLA enables the vertical launch of the MICA missile and has already been selected by several navies worldwide to equip their corvettes.
28 Oct 08. Aonix®, the provider of the PERC product line for embedded and real-time Java developers, announced the release of PERC Ultra SMP with support for Concurrent’s RedHawk™ real-time Linux® and associated NightStar™ advanced Linux debugging and analysis tools. PERC Ultra, Aonix’s flagship product, targets the same time-critical applications such as simulation and training, data acquisition, imaging, and process control that RedHawk currently serves. PERC Ultra SMP, a variant of the Aonix family of deterministic and hard real-time virtual machines and Java development tools, provides new ability to execute real-time applications effectively in multi-processor and multi-core systems. The promise of faster execution enabled by multi-core systems is realized by the combination of RedHawk Linux and Ultra SMP where support for the latest Intel® and AMD™ quad-core processors and chipsets provides for more computing power in smaller, more cost-effective, energy-efficient packages than previously possible.
29 Oct 08. SCALP Naval has just completed its series of aerodynamic trials at ONERA’s wind tunnel facility in Modane, France. This milestone was achieved less than two years after the French DGA (Délégation Générale pour l’Armement) notified the development contract for its MdCN naval cruise missile programme in December 2006. The year 2008 has been especially rich in technical events for the programme. It started with a preliminary design review during which several system aspects were validated with the national client, notably: the general architecture of the missile; its launch platform interfaces (surface vessel vertical launch and submarine torpedo-tube launch); mission planning as well as the range of activities leading up to the next milestone, namely the detailed design concept.
27 Oct 08. A Canadian Navy destroyer just completed the first successful sea trials with a new-generation inertial navigation system (INS) and data distribution network supplied by Northrop Grumman Corporation. The Iroquois-class destroyer, HMCS Athabaskan, is the first naval ship to go to sea with the MK49 ring-laser gyro navigator (RLGN) INS and Navigation Data Distribution System (NavDDS). The systems were developed by Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit. The Sperry Marine MK49 RLGN provides highly precise real-time 3-D position, heading, speed and at