Catch-22

A quiet revolution is occurring in naval communications. The stalwart Link-11 Tactical Data Link (TDL) is being replaced by Link-22. How does this new communications architecture work, and what might it offer to naval operations? The title of Joseph Heller’s seminal novel published in 1953...

What Lies Beneath?

Ship categories are changing: As navies are required to respond to an ever-increasing spectrum of traditional and non-traditional threats, the lines of classification between corvettes, frigates and destroyers are growing increasingly blurred. Writing in his 2011 paper Ecological security: a Framework for Analysing Non-Traditional Security...

UDT 2017: Optimising the constraints by maximising the variables

With the growth that the underwater defence sector has seen of late and the rapid increase in the number of nations planning to expend resources in this area, UDT 2017 which took place from 30 May - 1 June in Bremen, Germany, has again...

New era of technological evolution arrives with first Wärtsilä HY contract

The technology group Wärtsilä has received its first order for the recently introduced Wärtsilä HY, a hybrid power module that combines engines, an energy storage system, and power electronics. The contract has been signed with Italy based Rimorchiatori Riuniti, the biggest owner and operator...

Jeanne d’Arc and Old Albion Join Forces

Royal Navy helicopters are equipping the Marine Nationale (French Navy) ‘Mistral’ class amphibious assault ships as part of the force’s Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc) annual training exercise. Aircraft from the Fleet Air Arm’s 845 Naval Air Squadron will be a permanent presence aboard the...

IMDEX Show News – Brazil Expands its Horizons

Brazil’s new OTH-100 High Frequency (HF: three megahertz/MHz to 30MHz) naval surveillance radar is expected to be operational by 2018, confidential sources have informed armadainternational.com. Procured to provide a Recognised Maritime Picture for the Brazilian armed forces, the OTH-100 uses Israel Aerospace Industries’ Elta division’s...

IMDEX Show News – MFRAD Radar To Commence Sea Trials By Year End

GEM Elettronica plans to commence sea trials of its MFRAD X-band (8.5-10.68 gigahertz) naval surveillance radar by the end of the year, the company disclosed at the IMDEX maritime defence exhibition and conference on 17th May. Speaking to armadainternational.com, the firm disclosed that sea trials...

IMDEX Show News – Terma Steps Forward With Scanter

Terma is planning to complete testing of new and upgraded naval surveillance and navigation radars by the end of this year, the company has told armadainternational.com Speaking during the IMDEX maritime defence exhibition and conference in Singapore on 16th May, the firm disclosed that it...

Smooth Seas for Swedish Subs

Hakan Buske, Saab president and chief executive officer is bullish about the export prospects for the company’s ‘A26’ class of conventional hunter-killer submarines which are currently under construction for the Marinen (Royal Swedish Navy).   Speaking during a presentation of the company’s activities at the...

Albion and the Apocalypse

Upon becoming the United Kingdom’s prime minister on 13 July Theresa May, like her predecessors, was asked to write several letters by the cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood, the country’s most senior civil servant. Every prime minister since Edward Heath (1970 to 1974) has performed...

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