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08 Jun 14. Australia seeks ‘eye in the sky’ for patrol ships. Australia’s Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) is exploring options for the possible acquisition of an organic unmanned airborne ISR system for the Royal Australian Navy’s Armidale-class patrol vessels. Prospective suppliers are being invited by the DMO to register interest in providing an embarked Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (MTUAS) for the 14 ships, slated for initial deployment in 2016. Based in the northern ports of Cairns and Darwin, the 57m Armidale-class vessels are heavily engaged in Australian government efforts to combat illegal immigration and people smuggling by sea from Indonesia. Other roles include the protection of fisheries and offshore energy production facilities. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
11 Jun 14. DSIT Solutions Ltd., a subsidiary of Acorn Energy, Inc., announced the introduction of the AquaShield Extended Range (ER) Swimmer Delivery Vehicle Detection Sonar (SDS) to its product line at the Undersea Defense Technology conference, UDT 2014, taking place now in Liverpool, England. This product launch marks the tenth anniversary of DSIT’s attendance at UDT. The AquaShield ER™ was developed based on the best seller AquaShield™ Diver Detection Sonar (DDS) which is widely used around the world to protect naval, commercial and energy sites and assets from underwater intrusion and sabotage. The AquaShield ER was created by DSIT in response to the technology advances associated with Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDV), Diver Propulsion Vehicles (DPV) and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV). All of the above are much faster than the standard combat diver, thus significantly reducing the response time available when using conventional diver detection sonar systems. The AquaShield ER offers unprecedented detection ranges against all threats including SDVs, Open and Closed Circuit Divers (CCD). Prior to its introduction, the AquaShield ER passed rigorous sea trials achieving detection ranges of up to 3,500 meters for Swimmer Delivery Vehicle targets, 1,800 meters for Open Circuit Divers and 1,200 meters for Divers using closed-circuit apparatus. Existing and potential customers for this enhanced application are navies, coast guards and any other entity and offshore critical asset in need of the premiere defense against the threat of fast moving Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDVs) and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs).
11 Jun 14. Israel Aerospace Industries Plans to Integrate its Advanced NAVGUARD Radar Protection System With Rheinmetall’s Combat Ship Self Defense System. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) plans to integrate its advanced radar self protection system – NAVGUARD with Rheinmetall’s Multi Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) for naval vessels. The system has performed successfully beyond expectations in a live fire demonstration test scenario when confronted with incoming missiles launched from both sea and land. The ELM-2222S NAVGUARD Self Protection System, developed by ELTA Systems, a group and subsidiary of IAI, is a lightweight, modular, self-protection system designed to cope with new maritime and land-based threats in order to increase ship survivability. The NAVGUARD features a digital phased-array radar based Missile Approach Warning System (MAWS), which automatically detects, classifies and verifies incoming threats, and consequently triggers the ships self defense systems. The defense systems utilize various techniques such as smoke dispensers or chaff and flares to defeat incoming missiles and avert a direct strike. The NAVGUARD provides small and medium combat ships with an affordable and low-detection protection system, allowing safe passage and patrol in areas which were previously denied due to conventional or asymmetric-warfare missile threats.
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