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NOV 2017

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34 st / November 2017 www.sea-technology.com Navy to advance the state of the art for submarine technolo- gies. NUWC's objective is to optimize the systems for which it is responsible to support and enhance fleet mission execu- tion. Partnering with industry and academia is paramount, and collaborating on technology development is the next logical step to increase naval capabilities. France, Italy Cooperate On Naval Defense Naval Group and Fincantieri welcomed the decision of the French and Italian governments to launch a joint process paving the way for the future creation of a progressive alli- ance in the naval defense sector. The two groups will play a key role in the steering com- mittee with the objective to define by June 2018 a roadmap detailing the principles of the future alliance. Furthermore, the agreement reached by the two govern- ments on the shareholding structure of STX France foresees the presence of both Naval Group and Fincantieri, repre- senting a first important step in naval cooperation. Metal Shark to Build Up to 50 PB(X) Vessels for US Navy Metal Shark has been awarded the contract to produce the U.S. Navy's next-generation patrol boat, the PB(X). This award is the culmination of a process by the Navy to select the replacement for the fleet of force protection boats cur- rently in use with Navy Expeditionary Combat Command's Coastal Riverine Forces (CRF). Subject to annual appropria- tions, the Navy intends to replace approximately 100 to 160 of its existing 25-ft. and 34-ft. CRF patrol boats with the larg- er and more modern PB(X) platform over the next 15 years. The Navy has placed an initial, immediate order for 11 of the new vessels. Metal Shark will build up to 50 PB(X) vessels for the Navy, along with trailers, spares and training packages, and technical support. GD Demos Display Command, Control, Comms Capabilities General Dynamics Mission Systems and General Dynam- ics Electric Boat demonstrated multiple mission command, control and communication capabilities connecting Bluefin Robotics' UUV and a third-party-provided unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a simulated AN/BYG-1 submarine com- bat control center ashore. A Stackable Air-powered Launch System (STAPLS) designed for use aboard submarines was also used. The goal of the General Dynamics demonstrations was to provide available solutions to the communications chal- lenges of operating in a contested, undersea environment. Each demonstration took place at the U.S. Naval Under- sea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, Rhode Island, as part of the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2017. New OPV to Protect Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone Israel Shipyards Ltd. launched a new OPV for the Cypriot Navy. The OPV will be delivered to Cyprus toward the end of the year. It will be used to protect the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Cyprus. ST Elbit, Lockheed Partner to Upgrade Royal Navy's Electronic Warfare Capabilities Elbit Systems UK and Lockheed Martin UK have signed a strategic teaming agreement to partner on the Maritime Electronic Warfare Programme (MEWP) for the Royal Navy to upgrade the Royal Navy's Electronic Warfare capabilities. Delivered in increments, the upgraded system will be fielded on the Royal Navy's frigates, destroyers and amphib- ious assault ships, with the program expanding to the wider fleet including submarines in due course. NUWC Encourages Industry, Academia To Collaborate on Tech Development NUWC Division Newport's virtual submarine (VSUB) is available to industry and academia. VSUB is a set of sub- marine nonpropulsion electronic systems, including com- bat control, radio room, periscopes, antennas and sonar, as well as launchers, weapons and unmanned vehicles that are connected via a secure campus network. This unique capa- bility allows NUWC Newport to configure its facilities to emulate any submarine platform in the fleet. The VSUB is a key enabler in support of test and evalu- ation, experimentation, integration, life cycle support and rapid prototyping of undersea warfare capabilities. Industry and academic institutions throughout the south- eastern New England region and beyond are encouraged to use this unique tool for innovation as they partner with the P.O. Box 2030, North Kingstown, RI 02852, USA Tel: +1 401 884 8801 Fax: +1 401 884 8868 www.subsalve.com richard@subsalve.com The World's Best Underwater Lift Bags from 25 lbs. to 50 tons, Water Load Test Bags to 50 tons. IMCA Compliant. ABS Approved. MARK V/ORCA RAPID RECOVERY SYSTEMS AIRCRAFT LIFTING BAGS WATER LOAD TEST BAGS VEHICLE RECOVERY SYSTEMS CABLE & PIPELINE FLOATS LIFEBOAT DAVIT TEST KITS FEND - AIR ® INFLAT - A - TANK PIPE PLUGGERS ® navy currents

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