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November 2014 Issue

Divex to Supply US Navy with HeliCom Matrix
Divex (Aberdeen, Scotland) has been awarded a contract to supply the U.S. Navy with the HeliCom Matrix diver communications system.

Divex received the order from the Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) through Chase Supply Inc. (Hampton, Virginia).


NUWC Orders Iver3 AUV with SeaPILOT Option
OceanServer Technology, Inc. (Fall River, Massachusetts) has been awarded a contract for one Iver3 AUV by the US Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, Rhode Island. This system will include several Iver3 options just released, including the Rowe Technologies, Inc. (Poway, California) SeaPILOT 600-kilohertz Doppler velocity log with ADCP.

The SeaPILOTís compact form factor and powerful electronics provide a versatile platform capable of producing precise bottom-referenced velocity and/or current profile measurements for ROVs, AUVs and other manned/unmanned submersibles. For vehicle navigation applications that require a custom fit like the Iver3, Rowe provided four individual piston transducers along with compact electronics to facilitate repackaging into the AUV.


Trenton is Second JHSV Launched in 2014
Austal USA (Mobile, Alabama) successfully completed the launch process of Trenton (JHSV-5), the second joint high-speed vessel (JHSV) launched by Austal in 2014. This 103-meter, high-speed catamaran represents the U.S. Department of Defenseís next-generation, multiuse platform. It is part of a 10-ship program worth more than $1.6 billion.

The vessel will undergo final outfitting and activation at Austalís facility before sea trials and delivery to the Navy in spring 2015.

Austal has thus far delivered four of 10 contracted JHSVs to the Navy. Construction is underway on Brunswick (JHSV-6), which will begin final assembly in October, and construction has begun on Carson City (JHSV-7).


General Dynamics Will Continue Supporting AN/BYG-1 Sub Control System
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (Fairfax, Virginia) was awarded two contract modifications totaling $50 million to continue supporting the AN/BYG-1 combat control system aboard U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy submarines, as part of the AN/BYG-1 modernization program for the tactical control systems (TCS) and weapons control systems (WCS).

General Dynamics is delivering enhanced capabilities across multiple submarine platforms, providing fleet operators and commanders with a common operational picture that strengthens real-time intelligence and improves situational awareness. The open architecture framework facilitates the rapid integration of advanced capabilities developed by commercial, defense and academic entities on an annual or biannual basis. The common processing baseline across all submarines also helps ensure the independent, yet parallel, development and certification of the TCS and WCS.


US Navy Test Fires Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile
The U.S. Navy has conducted a demonstration test firing of Kongsbergís (Kongsberg, Norway) Naval Strike Missile (NSM) at Point Mugu test range in California. The missile was launched from USS Coronado of the Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS) and followed the preplanned trajectory towards a target ship 100 nautical miles away. When the missile arrived at the target area, it located and hit the target at the preselected hit point.

All test objectives were met, and the demonstration was successful. The test also provided the U.S. Navy insights into the NSMís unique capabilities of targeting, range and survivability. This is the first time a ship of this class has launched a long-range anti-ship strike missile. This is also the first time the U.S. Navy has fired the Naval Strike Missile. This demonstration follows a successful NSM live fire event from the Royal Norwegian Navyís Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate during the recently completed Rim of the Pacific 2014.

The NSM is a new-generation, long-range precision strike missile, guided with an inertial navigation system aided by a military GPS receiver and laser altimeter. Its stealthy design and unique passive infrared and imaging sensor makes it hard to detect, with increased accuracy to avoid collateral damage. The NSM is multimission (sea and land targets), with a long stand-off range exceeding 100 nautical miles.


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