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Northrop Grumman Signs Agreement With IZAR

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Integrated Systems sector has signed a technical assistance agreement with IZAR of Spain, Europe's second largest shipbuilder, to promote the U.S. Navy's Fire Scout vertical unmanned system for integration on the country's F-100 frigate. The Spanish Navy established a requirement for a precision weapon targeting system for new and existing frigates produced or upgraded by IZAR. As defined in this requirement, Fire Scout would provide target designation for precision-guided weapons during land attack missions. "We are extremely pleased to begin what we believe will be a successful collaboration with IZAR to support Spain and its venerable Navy," said Paul K. Meyer, vice president, Business and Strategy Development, for Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems' Air Combat Systems business area. "The cooperation of our companies will result in the best precision targeting solution for the F-100 frigate program." IZAR is working on two new-generation frigate programs, the F-100 for the Spanish Navy and the F-310 for the Norwegian Navy. It also has system division responsibility for integration of the AEGIS combat system with national sensors and weapons through the combat direction system, where the Fire Scout could be integrated. The Fire Scout system is in development and low-rate initial production by Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector as a force multiplier for Navy forces at sea and Marine Corps forces ashore.

FLIR Introduces MU-Series Thermal Imaging Technology

Photo: FLIR

FLIR Systems, introduces the MU-Series, a thermal night vision system. The multi-sensor payload comes with a cooled midwave infrared, high-resolution 640 x 512 thermal camera and a high-resolution color camera.Other options include a low-light black and white camera to help with low-light situational awareness and a wide field of view uncooled longwave infrared, high-resolution 640 x 480 thermal camera to maximize MU-Series’ spectral range.

New Navy Contract

FLIR Systems, Inc., North Billerica, Mass., is being awarded an $8,624,000 firm-fixed-price contract for non-warranty repairs and spares for the maritime forward looking infrared radar (MARFLIR); high-power microscopic field (HPMF); and MicroStar systems.  The MARFLIR, HPMF, and MicroStar systems are to provide maritime crafts, ground vehicles, and unmanned aircraft with all-weather, day/night, high-resolution, stabilized

Integrated Systems Awarded Navy Contract

Integrated Systems Solutions Inc.* Pomfret, Md., is being awarded a $64,073,299 ceiling-priced cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for research and development services to increase the government’s understanding of Lighter Than Air platforms and their usage for sensor technologies. Services to be provided include experimenting with outfitting commercial blimps with sensors and a tactical data link

No Need to Switch Off Navy Yard Building Lights

Naval District Washington (NDW) testing a Energy Management System (CEMS) in Washington Navy Yard building. 
 Testing of the CEMS in Building 101 is expected to last through April 2013, and CEMS building management is expected to last until April 2014.
 CEMS is an NDW-sponsored technology demonstration designed to evaluate the effectiveness of intelligent occupancy-based building automation strategies to achieve energy savings

Evaluating & Implementing Effective Anti-Piracy Technology & Technique


There is a new focus on technological solutions for ship self-defense against pirate attacks.  Although some systems have been around a bit longer, the surge in new products is attributable largely to the dramatic increase in attacks on ships by Somali pirates over the last few years, the expanding areas of their attacks, and the worldwide attention these attacks have garnered.  Suppliers have rushed to adapt existing products and develop new ones for the counter-piracy mission

Making Sailors 'SAFFiR'

U.S. Navy Firefighting Robot (image: courtesy U.S. Navy)

Navy Unveils Firefighting Robot Prototype at Naval Tech EXPO.   Scientists unveiled a firefighting robot prototype Feb. 4 at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO, revealing details about its successful demonstrations last fall. The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR), sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), walked across uneven floors, used thermal imaging to identify overheated equipment

Test Bed for Autonomous Shipping Opens in Norway

Trondheimsfjord  (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime

An extensive area of the Trondheimsfjord in Northern Norway was designated as an official test bed for autonomous shipping by the Norwegian Coastal Authority (NCA), during a special event in Trondheim, Norway on Friday, September 30th 2016. As potentially the first coastal area in the world officially dedicated to the development of technology for autonomous ships, the new test bed is set to become a vital facility for the future of shipping

Infrared radar cameras monitor Valdez port

A high-tech infrared camera system now monitors the port of Valdez and vessels transiting Prince William Sound. This Infrared maritime surveillance system supplements the extensive maritime and land-based homeland security measures put in to action in Valdez and around the nation following the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. Culminating a two-year effort by the Valdez port security committee, last week Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC) put the finishing touches on and

Sensotec Lauches Identity Technology

Sensotec has launched its Identity Technology plug, play & calibrate systems for its sensors and signal conditioning. The system is compliant to the soon to be published IEEE 1451.4 standard for connectivity of sensors and associated signal conditioning. The transducer electronic data sheet (T.E.D.S) containing sensor specifications, calibration data and user defined location information is stored in the sensor. When connected to the SC2000 or

Unmanned Aircraft to Take Off from Falkor

Chief Scientist Will Sager interpreting data in the control room Photo SCHMIDT OCEAN INSTITUTE

Research vessel Falkor leaves Darwin today to explore the poorly understood air-sea interactions across the Indian and Pacific Ocean. This research is very important in understanding the ocean’s role in global climate change. The exchange of energy and matter between the atmosphere and the

Fireboy-Xintex Brings New Tech to IBEX

Image: Fireboy-Xintex

Fireboy-Xintex said it will exhibit its latest technology developments at The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), including newly released carbon monoxide alarm system as well as a new series of fire suppression systems.  

Role of ScanFish ROTV in Waste Water Monitoring Surveys

The ScanFish ROTV solution with the top lids removed to show how the different sensors are fitted inside the platform

All populated coastlines share a variety of pollution-related challenges. Those municipalities in the USA who engage in the discharge of waste water through ocean outfalls are subject to state and federal regulations requiring them to monitor the quality of the water near those structures and the

GD Bluefin-21 AUV Launches Bluefin SandShark Micro-Underwater Vehicle


The General Dynamics Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) successfully launched multiple Bluefin SandShark micro-autonomous underwater vehicles (M-AUV) Underwater vehicle (M-AUV as part of several capability demonstrations at the U.S

Unique Piloting System for US East Coast’s Longest Pilotage Route

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has supplied the Association of Maryland Pilots with SafePilot Portable Pilot Units (PPUs) and a Port System server solution to facilitate consistent, real-time information sharing between almost 70 pilots

ABB Enhances Its OCTOPUS Software Suite

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ABB has launched an updated maritime software analytics platform that brings together the company’s EMMA and OCTOPUS applications into one software suite, under the banner OCTOPUS.   Now external information, such as weather or cargo load parameters

Nav Systems Advance to the Next Level

Navigation Systems Advance to the Next Level

Smart sensor technology and the next level in integrated navigation system – this is what the German navigation system company Raytheon Anschütz showcases during SMM 2016 in Hall B6 at booth 304. “With Synapsis NX the Integrated Navigation System is advancing to the next level

Danelec Marine's Conversion Kits for VDR Retrofits

Conversion kit capsule plate

Danelec Marine is now offering a comprehensive range of conversion kits to facilitate replacement of existing shipboard Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs). The company has created packages to replace more than 30 different models of VDRs and Simplified VDRs (S-VDRs) across all major existing and legacy

ABB Launches Torque Monitoring System

Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine and Ports (Photo: ABB Marine)

ABB has launched a new torque monitoring system called Torductor Marine, which is aimed at optimizing engine and fuel efficiency in the maritime sector. The new offering will fit into ABB’s Marine Software portfolio, which visualizes the data for the onboard crew and can be shared with the

NOAA Engineers a Better Current Sensor for Mariners

Max Ivanov and Scott Mowery with NOAAs Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services install an improved current sensor system on a navigation buoy in Chesapeake Bay. The system transmits real-time current speed and direction observations via satellite to help mariners more safely navigate busy shipping channels. (Photo: NOAA)

Navigating into seaports is now safer and more efficient for mariners thanks to improved NOAA technology that ships rely on to give them information about currents. The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) developed a more reliable

Hoppe Marine to Present Smart Shipping Solutions

Photo courtesy of Hoppe

For decades, Hamburg-based Hoppe Marine has produced onboard measuring and control systems. At SMM 2016 the internationally-positioned family-run company will be present itself as a data integrator on vessels as a precondition for Smart Shipping and Big Data.  

Green Ships & Compliance

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Environmental regulations for ships are getting more stringent, but automated sensor technology could help ship operators remain in compliance.   The recent agreement signed in Paris, at the UN Climate Change Conference, will require all industries to keep reducing their greenhouse gas

Lerwick Port Launches Latest VMS

Lerwick Port Authoritys new control room Photo Lerwick port

Lerwick Port Authority have inaugurated a new Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) which utilises the latest technology to improve the handling of ship movements at the busy Shetland port. Transas, a world-leader in providing harmonised integrated solutions to the maritime industry

Custom Fireboat Delivered in Texas

Photo: Lake Assault Boats

Lake Assault Boats, manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific fire and rescue boats, has placed into service a 28-foot fireboat with the City of Conroe Fire Department in Conroe, Texas. The craft was delivered in mid-May.   Assistant fire chief for the City of Conroe Fire Department

Thales to Take Key Role in 'Exercise Unmanned Warrior'

Photo: Thales

Thales is set to play a key role in a major U.K. Royal Navy exercise later this year to understand how unmanned systems might add real innovative operational capability in a military maritime environment.   Exercise Unmanned Warrior will bring together the Royal Navy and 40 organizations

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