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December 2016 Issue

iXBlue Inertial Nav Systems
For German Frigates

iXBlue will supply Marins M3 and Netans N3 systems to the German Navy for the upgrade of four F123 Brandenburg-class frigates, and two F122 Bremen-class frigates. The iXBlue systems will replace the obsolete inertial navigation systems on board the ships.


Roke Contract to Test
AI for UK Royal Navy

Roke Manor Research will demonstrate its artificial intelligence software in a Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) sponsored maritime combat system demonstrator, as part of a third phase of work awarded by Dstl. The STARTLE software for the Royal Navy uses sophisticated machine situational awareness algorithms that emulate the human fear response mechanism, helping operators understand the complex situations increasingly typical of modern warfare.


SEAPORT Task Order
For CDI Corp.

CDI Corp. was awarded a new SEAPORT task order by the U.S. Navy to continue to provide watercraft engineering and marine services for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Detachment Norfolk - Combatant Craft Division (NSWCCD-CCD).

CDI will be the principal engineering and installation/alteration contractor for NSWCCD-CCD, providing program management and planning, design and prototype engineering and construction, design development engineering, acquisition engineering, logistics, in-service engineering and life cycle management.


NATO Unmanned Warrior Exercise
Features Tech Tests, Demos

The U.S. Navy joined the Royal Navy and industry and research organizations for tests and demonstrations of new autonomous and unmanned naval technologies in the first ever Unmanned Warrior exercise, part of Joint Warrior, a semiannual U.K.-led training exercise for NATO.

Among the technologies tested were: the Airborne Computer Vision (ACV), a U.S. semiautonomous targeting system aboard a ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle; the AutoNaut USV for offshore data capture in support of anti-submarine warfare; Liquid Robotics and Boeing SHARCs (Sensor Hosting Autonomous Remote Craft) as part of a suite of systems demonstrated by Boeing; and SeeByte’s Neptune software, allowing operators to use a common interface for all unmanned assets, on vehicles from Hydroid, OceanServer Technology, SeaRobotics, Bluebear and ASV Global.


US Navy Commissions
USS Detroit

The U.S. Navy commissioned the seventh littoral combat ship (LCS), the USS Detroit (LCS-7), on the Detroit River. The ship, designed and constructed by a Lockheed Martin-led industry team, is now in active service.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Windsor Shiprider Unit made history by participating in the commissioning, marking the first time in U.S. Navy history that another country has been invited to participate in the commissioning of a U.S. warship.


Unmanned Naval Systems for
France, UK MMCM Program

Thales, BAE Systems and their partner Saab, ECA Group and ASV Global welcome the confirmation by the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation that the U.K. Ministry of Defence and French Defence Procurement Agency will continue their collaboration for the U.K. and France MMCM (maritime mine countermeasures) program to develop a prototype autonomous system for detection and neutralization of sea mines and underwater improvised explosive devices.

The next stage will involve making the first-stage designs into a complete, manufactured system for assessment.


Mussels Inspire ‘Smart Glue’
For Nonmedical and Medical Uses

With support from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, Dr. Bruce Lee of Michigan Technological University has developed an adhesive that stays sticky when wet, using a protein produced by mussels to create a reversible synthetic glue that can bond securely underwater and be turned on and off with electricity.

This “smart glue” could bind underwater sensors and devices to the hulls of ships and submarines, or help unmanned vehicles dock along rocky coastlines or in remote locations. There also are possible medical applications


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