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29 Jul 13. Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered its 100th AN/ASQ-242 communications, navigation and identification (CNI) system to Lockheed Martin Corp. for integration into the F-35 Lightning II. Northrop Grumman’s integrated CNI system provides F-35 pilots with the capability of more than 27 avionics functions. By using its industry-leading software-defined radio technology, Northrop Grumman’s design allows the simultaneous operation of multiple critical functions while greatly reducing size, weight and power demands on the advanced fighter. These capabilities include Identification Friend or Foe, precision navigation, and various voice and data communications, including the Multifunction Advanced Data Link, which was approved by the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Requirements Oversight Council for use on all low-observable platforms.
29 Jul 13. Lockheed Martin successfully operated its full-scale prototype long-range air surveillance radar during a recent capability demonstration to the U.S. Air Force. The Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) will serve as the principal Air Force long-range, ground-based sensor for detecting, identifying, and reporting aerial targets. This next-generation system will replace the Air Force’s AN/TPS-75 air search radar. During the event, the 3DELRR full-scale prototype showed its maturity, flexibility, scalability, and the benefits of its open technology design. More than 70 U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and Office of Secretary of Defense personnel attended the demonstration either locally or via webcast. The radar detected required targets of opportunity launched from the Syracuse airport and surrounding areas. The company hired additional test aircraft for the event, putting the prototype through more advanced performance detection and tracking scenarios expected of long-range radars. Originally unveiled in December 2010, Lockheed Martin’s 3DELRR solution met all the requirements for this demonstration two and half years earlier, and used this opportunity to highlight the radar’s evolving design to the customer. The radar’s design addresses 100 percent of 3DELRR requirements, including critical extended air surveillance reach for early warning from aerial threats. The Air Force is expected to release its request for proposals for the next phase of the program in the August or September 2013 timeframe. With that competition, the customer will select one contractor for the engineering and manufacturing development phase, which will be awarded in 2014.
29 Jul 13. Russian Navy’s third Yasen-class submarine to feature advanced sensors. Russia will install an advanced sonar system on to the third Malakhit Marine Engineering Bureau-designed Yasen/Graney-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, SSGN Novosibirsk. Construction began on the third project 885M Yasen-class submarine with a keel laying ceremony at the Sevmash shipyard near the White Sea last week, according to RIA Novosti. Malakhit Marine Engineering Bureau said the new advanced sonar system will enable the submarine to detect enemy ships at an early stage. The Russian Defence Ministry previously signed a contract with Sevmash shipyard for the construction of five Yasen-class submarines, to support Russian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, surveillance operations and special missions. Featuring advanced design, the new Yasen-class submarine’s bow section will be fitted with sonar systems while the torpedo systems will be equipped in another part of the boat. Additionally, a new power supply and acoustic defence systems have been designed and developed to enhance the submarine’s stealth capability, while reducing noise. Armed with long-range cruise missiles and eight vertical launching system tubes for cruise missiles, the submarine has a full load