I have this update on recent defence industry news in the latest issue of Esprit de Corps magazine……
HMS Argyll successfully conducted the first firings of the Sea Ceptor system, an event being heralded as a major milestone for the Royal Navy as it brings its upgraded Type 23 frigates back into service. (see photo above from MBDA).
The Sea Ceptor system, which utilizes
MBDA’s next-generation Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM), is being fitted to replace the Sea Wolf weapon system on the Type 23 frigates as part of their life-extension program, MBDA noted. Sea Ceptor will provide improved protection for the Royal Navy against anti-ship cruise missiles, aircraft and other highly sophisticated threats.
HMS Argyll is the first Type 23 to undergo the life-extension program, and will conduct further firing trials of the Sea Ceptor system before returning to frontline service, the company added in a news release.
Designed and manufactured by MBDA in the UK, Sea Ceptor will also protect the Royal Navy’s future Type 26 Frigates, and as Land Ceptor will replace Rapier in British Army service.
Dave Armstrong, Executive Group Director Sales and Business Development and Managing Director UK at MBDA, said in a statement that: “Sea Ceptor is the most modern air defence system of its type in the world, and will provide a step-change in capability to the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates.”
Traditional air defence systems use semi-active radar guidance, meaning they rely on a surface-based fire control radar to illuminate the missile’s target. By using an active radar seeker and datalink on the missile CAMM does not require the dedicated fire control radar on which a semi-active system depends, MBDA explained. This not only removes cost and weight from the vessel, it makes integration simpler and means that Sea Ceptor can intercept more targets simultaneously, and across 360 degrees – something a semi-active system cannot.
Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has been awarded a contract valued at over $425,000 by
Elektronik Canada. Kraken will supply and integrate its AquaPix Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Real-Time SAS Signal Processor on the Atlas SeaCat Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV).
AquaPix is designed for operation on AUVs and towed platforms. The modular system uses the latest electronics, transducer arrays and signal processing software optimized for the demanding size, weight, power and cost constraints of unmanned maritime vehicles, according to the companies.
SeaCat is an approximately 3 metre and 280kg (depending on configuration) mid-size, modular, hybrid AUV that provides remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and AUV capabilities “as a truck” to the operating theatre.
Universal Switching Corporation of Burbank, California has been selected by
General Dynamics Canada
to support the Canadian military’s Mercury Global project. The Mercury Global project is the name given to Canada’s participation in the Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) constellation being built by
Boeing. WGS will provide high-capacity, assured and secure satellite access for communications that are vital to the Canadian government and military.
Universal Switching Corporation says it has been selected to supply the critical data distribution for the satellite command and control systems.
Under the contract, General Dynamics Canada is responsible for the construction and installation of seven anchor stations across Canada. General Dynamics C4 Systems Satcom Technologies will manufacture the anchor station antennas, the firms noted.
Marine Industrial Lighting Systems Ltd. of Mount Peal, NL, received a contract worth over $1 million to provide naval LED lighting. The new energy efficient lighting is being tested by the DND on Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Toronto.
Source : http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/defence-industry-update-news-and-contracts