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October 2014 Issue

Knudsen to Supply Next-Gen Fathometer to US Navy
Knudsen Systems Inc. (Ogdensburg, New York), or KSI, has been awarded an $8.1 million contract by the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Division Keyport to supply the “Next Generation Fathometer” for the U.S. Navy. KSI distributes sonar products produced by the manufacturer Knudsen Engineering Ltd. (Perth, Canada) to U.S. domestic customers, in particular U.S. federal and state agencies. Contract deliverables will include 320N navigation echosounders, EchoSim sonar simulators and remote displays. The 320N has also recently been chosen for several newbuilds, including the Zumwalt-class destroyers and new Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer.


Tomahawk Cruise Missile Flight Tests Validate Software Updates
The U.S. Navy and Raytheon Co. (Waltham, Massachusetts) completed back-to-back Tomahawk cruise missile flight tests that validated software improvements. In the first test, the nuclear submarine USS Hampton (SSN-767) fired a Tomahawk Block IV from the sub’s vertical capsule launch system. The missile flew a preplanned mission until a strike controller directed the Tomahawk to a new target. The missile successfully demonstrated enhanced flex retargeting before striking the updated target at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake weapons range. In the second test, the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) launched a Tomahawk Block IV. The Tomahawk flew a series of pre-planned high altitude maneuvers demonstrating improved performance. The missile completed a preplanned vertical dive impacting a target on San Nicolas Island off the southern California coast.


Milestone for Navy Aerial Refueling Capability
The Northrop Grumman (Falls Church, Virginia) and U.S. Navy team has conducted the preliminary design review for its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aerial Refueling system. The program can now proceed to its critical design review, moving closer to manufacturing the system and installing it on new production E-2Ds, as well as retrofitting it onto E-2Ds that are currently operating in the Navy fleet. Under a $226.7 million contract awarded in 2013, Northrop Grumman is designing several upgrades for an aerial refueling capability, including new seats to enhance pilot field-of-view and decrease crew fatigue, formation lights for better visualization and air space orientation, and enhanced software in the aircraft’s flight control system to assist the pilots with aircraft handling when refueling. As the U.S. continues its shift to Asia-Pacific, the extended range of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye can provide the enhanced maritime security required by the vast geography of the region.


Hydro-Lek Delivers Manipulators to Ageotec for Italian Navy
Hydro-Lek (Finchampstead, England) has delivered two five-function manipulators to ROV manufacturer Ageotec (Zola Predosa, Italy) for the Italian Navy for submarine research and rescue. The manipulators are fitted onto a Pegaso ROV system, which also includes a motorized winch, silenced diesel power generator, and a USBL and sonar system.

Ageotec was selected by the Italian Navy’s diver unit to provide an open-frame ROV system for visual and instrumentation research, objects recovery and underwater rescue. The system accomplished its first mission in April and is now fully operational.


Hydro Group to Provide Connectors for UK Royal Navy
Hydro Group plc (Aberdeen, Scotland) has secured a contract with BAE Systems (London, England) valued at approximately £2 million for work to be delivered over the next two years.

Hydro Group will design, develop and qualify a range of connectorized-through-hull penetrators. These connectors are being developed for the Successor program as a replacement to the Vanguard-class fleet of nuclear submarines, which will equip the U.K. Royal Navy with its long-term nuclear-deterrent capability.

Hydro Group’s cable and connectivity solutions are built to withstand the harshest environmental conditions, including saltwater, shock, extreme temperature cycling and vibration.

These factors place extreme pressure on the subsea systems, connectors and cables.

The company’s connectors are made for flexibility and environmental endurance.


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