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JAN 2019

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www.sea-technology.com January 2019 | ST 41 Nautel, General Dynamics to Upgrade Canadian Sonars Nautel and General Dynamics will upgrade and maintain under- water sensors on the Halifax-class frigates for the Royal Canadian Navy as part of the underwater war- fare suite upgrade contract awarded to General Dynamics Mission Sys- tems–Canada. Nautel will supply NS72-36 sonar amplifiers and Mk II broadband transducers for dramat- ically improved underwater threat detection and tracking capabilities. Naval Group, ECA Offer Mine-Hunting Solution Naval Group and ECA Group have established a technological and commercial partnership in unmanned mine warfare. The first practical application was complet- ed as part of the response to the consultation launched by Belgium for a Belgian-Dutch cooperation for the supply of 12 mine hunters. As partners in a consortium formed for this call for tender, Naval Group and ECA Group are offering an innovative solution for robotic mine warfare, fully integrated on board an MCM military vessel. Mine-hunting practices are be- ing revolutionized via unmanned systems. This paradigm shift will af- fect naval forces as a whole. Sea Trials Complete for Indian Navy's First DSRV JFD has successfully completed the sea trials of the deep search- and-rescue vehicle (DSRV) for the first of two third-generation subma- rine rescue systems being delivered to the Indian Navy. The DSRV car- ried out underwater mating with a bottomed submarine at a depth of more than 300 ft., followed by a target mating and hatch opening at 45°. On successful mating with the bottomed submarine, JFD and the Indian Navy carried out a safe trans- fer of personnel from the submarine to the DSRV. The DSRV also conducted a re- cord dive representing the deepest submergence by a manned vessel in Indian waters, as well as ROV oper- ations at a depth of more than 750 m and side scan sonar operations at a depth of more than 650 m, all of which represent significant firsts for the Indian Navy. New Head for NUWC Division Newport's USW Hector Lopez has been select- ed as head of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport Undersea Warfare (USW) Weapons, Vehicles and Defensive Systems Department, the largest of the departments at NUWC with more than 650 federal employees. He is responsible for technical lead- ership and full-spectrum engineer- ing in support of research, devel- opment, acquisition and in-service activities associated with torpedoes, unmanned vehicles, countermea- sures and towed defensive systems. Australia's Shipbuilding Future At the opening of the Naval Shipbuilding College in Adelaide, Australia, former Australian De- fence Minister Christopher Pyne said building a suitable workforce would be the hardest part of Austra- lia's Navy upgrade because it is dif- ficult to convince people to join the industry. The Australian government is investing $90 billion into the continuous shipbuilding program, expected to create 5,200 shipbuild- ing jobs within 10 years to build Australia's new fleet of 12 offshore patrol vessels, nine Hunter-class an- ti-submarine frigates, 12 future sub- marines and 21 Pacific patrol boats. Kongsberg Bridge Simulator For Australian Navy Kongsberg Digital has been se- lected to deliver and support a suite of K-Sim navigation-ready ship's bridge simulators for the Royal Aus- tralian Navy. The simulators will be delivered for a new training facility at HMAS Stirling in Perth starting May 2019, with existing bridge sim- ulators at HMAS Watson in Sydney being upgraded from December 2018. ST navy currents find out more www.blueprintsubsea.com enquiries@blueprintsubsea.com sound by design Multibeam Imaging Sonars Single and Dual Frequency Operation Portable Sidescan Sonars Towed, OEM, Hull and Pole Mounted Micro-USBL Tracking Beacons Bidirectional Acoustic Data Modems

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