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01 Jun 17. Raytheon Anschutz launches Synapsis Naval. Raytheon Anschutz has launched a new naval navigation and bridge system called Synapsis Naval, the company announced on 30 May. The new technology builds on the company’s previously developed Synapsis Integrated Navigation System. It integrates radar video merging and other tactical radar features, integrated situational awareness, ship self-defence capabilities, military surveillance radars and cyber security solutions.
The software-defined system is built on commercial off-the-shelf technology and open systems architecture to simplify maintenance and to support upgrades and future capability requirements.
With advanced sensor degradation and data distribution management, Synapsis Naval provides a base for scalability of system functions and integration with other onboard systems such as automation or combat management. This includes integration of customer-specific equipment and integration of hardware or network infrastructure. (Source: Shephard)
01 Jun 17. European submarine operators eye lithium-ion battery technology. Several European submarine operators appear to have moved closer to adopting lithium-ion battery technology for their respective next generation boats due to be acquired and commissioned in the mid-2020s, it emerged at Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) 2017 conference in Bremen. The German Navy noted that its requirements for the next batch of two submarines to be acquired, in co-operation with Norway if further negotiations following a Memorandum of Intent in February 2017 are successful, includes increases in speed, endurance, and range. Speaking at UDT, Captain Joachim Brune, Head of the Test and Evaluation Centre, said “to meet these objectives we are looking at new fuel cells, and new battery technology lithium ion”. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
31 May 17. Avionic control panels for new helicopter. Matt Black Systems has been chosen to design and manufacture avionic control panels for a new single turbine helicopter produced by a Swiss helicopter company. Each control panel is a Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) which means they are plug and play and easily installed into the cockpit using D38999 connectors and ¼ turn fasteners. Key features of the panel are a custom designed micro engine run switch which locks in the run position with “pull to off” function. Integrated power control circuits enabling 12-32VDC variable input from both the helicopter power and battery supplies.
The modular design incorporates options such as Generator 2, Cargo Hook, Air Conditioning and NVIS functionality depending on the intended end use of the helicopter. A full Data Requirements List (DRL) was supplied with each control panel including an Interface Control Document (ICD), Declaration of Design & Performance (DDP), Failure Mode Effect and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) and Reliability Predictions (MTBF), the company said. For EASA type approval for flight and onward serial production full qualification testing will be performed in accordance with RTCA/DO- 160G. (Source: ESD Spotlight)
31 May 17. Pilots, instructors, and enthusiasts can dive into immersive training as Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) released Prepar3D® v4. Prepar3D (pronounced “Prepared”) is Lockheed Martin’s flagship simulation and training software solution that offers the most versatile, immersive and engaging training experiences for the next generation.
“Training meets reality with Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D® simulation software, and v4 provides unprecedented realism,” said Sandy Samuel, vice president, Training and Simulation Solutions. “While initially the premier tool for training both commercial and military aviators, Prepar3D has grown to drive simulation for almost any vehicle in the air, at sea, underwater or even in the depths of space.”
Prepar3D v4 relies on