Northrop Grumman Ships First Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Fuselage
MOSS POINT, Miss., March 16, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) completed the first of three fuselages for the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS UAS) System Development and Demonstration (SDD) program. The MQ-4C fuselage will undergo final assembly and system checkout at the company's Palmdale, Calif. facility ahead of its first flight next year. "This milestone follows our successful Critical Design Review held last month and shows we are on track to meet our demonstration objectives…
Northrop Grumman Enters Surveillance Competition
Northrop Grumman Corporation announced plans to compete for and capture the U.S. Navy's newest maritime surveillance program. The company will propose a maritime Global Hawk derivative as the centerpiece of its Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) campaign. Northrop Grumman's BAMS UAS solution incorporates maritime capabilities into the Global Hawk Block 20 air vehicle. The system can carry up to 3,000 pounds of payload comprising a variety of sensors optimized for searching, tracking and identifying targets and collecting data over littoral areas and open ocean. It can conduct missions from a minimum number of operating bases located around the world, putting surveillance information into the hands of fleet and combatant commanders in near-real-time.
Drones: Is the Maritime Industry Ready?
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or “drones” in common parlance, are not a part of the historical maritime vocabulary. At least not yet. While the term “drones” may conjure images from science fiction, the reality is that companies are designing commercial UAS for the private sector, and they are gradually permeating our daily life. Henry Ford is rumored to have opined on his invention of the automobile that if he had asked people what they wanted, they would have said “faster horses.” In the case of UAS…
Cyberhawk's Key role in UK Drone Guidelines Development
Cyberhawk Innovations, the world leader in aerial inspection and survey using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), otherwise known as drones, has welcomed Oil & Gas UK’s new guidelines on the use of drones in offshore environments. Cyberhawk played a key role in the drafting of the ‘Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Management Standards and Guidelines’, which were produced by Oil & Gas UK in conjunction with a working group. As well as Cyberhawk, this group included duty holders who have used UAS, industry and aviation safety experts and a limited number of additional UAS operators.
Martek Appoints Appel as UAS Technical Manager
Martek Marine (Martek) has appointed drone specialist Martin Appel as UAS Technical Manager, joining the rapidly expanding number of drone and aviation experts that make up the company’s UAS Division. The appointment of Appel follows the assignment of highly-acclaimed aviation expert Paul Forster as Head of UAS Operations. Both Appel and Forster joining the team is pivotal to Martek’s strategy, which will help to cement them as leaders in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and achieve the company’s mission to, ‘Change the world using drones.’
Coast Guard Cutter Deploys UAS, Interdicts Smugglers
The Coast Guard has completed the second of three planned shipboard demonstrations of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capabilities aboard Coast Guard Cutter 'Bertholf' . The Coast Guard is using knowledge gained from these demonstrations to inform a future cutter-based UAS acquisition project. During the two-week deployment, the UAS demonstration team operated a ScanEagle UAS for more than 90 hours of flight time and aided in the interdiction of nearly 600 kilograms of cocaine – the first Coast Guard interdiction conducted with the support of an embarked UAS asset.
Unmanned Aircraft Makes USCG Icebreaker Landing
Coast Guard and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration researchers report the successful landing of an unmanned aircraft system on the flight deck of Coast Guard Cutter 'Healy', marking the first time a UAS has completed a take-off and landing aboard a Coast Guard icebreaker. UAS operators from AeroVironment, designers of the Puma All Environment UAS, working alongside researchers from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center and NOAA made necessary adjustments following several unsuccessful attempts to land the Puma AE on the icebreaker’s flight deck.
LCS Manchester Completes Acceptance Trials
The seventh Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) built by Austal, Manchester (LCS 14), has completed acceptance trials December 15 in the Gulf of Mexico, marking the final significant milestone prior to the warship’s delivery in early 2018. This milestone achievement involved the execution of intense comprehensive tests by the Austal-led industry team while underway, which demonstrated to the Navy the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment. LCS 14 will be the second Independence-variant LCS Austal delivers to the Navy in less than six months.
Northrop Grumman Presents Risk Reduction Approach to BAMS Program
Northrop Grumman Corporation has unveiled its testing and risk reduction approach for its Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) offer to the U.S. Navy. cycle costs. BAMS will supply the U.S. identify maritime targets. 90% of the Navy's objective requirements. system. Johnson, vice president of the BAMS program for Northrop Grumman. BAMS system. Beck, BAMS Head Start program manager. technology evolves. exploits that data in the same way as BAMS sensor data will be used. operational scenarios. by Northrop Grumman for the BAMS program.
Submerged Submarine Launches Aircraft
An all-electric, fuel cell-powered, unmanned aerial system (UAS) aircraft has been successfully launched from the submerged 'USS Providence' (SSN 719) & flew a several hour mission demonstrating live video capabilities streamed back to the submarine, surface support vessels and Norfolk base before landing at the Naval Sea Systems Command Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC), Andros, Bahamas. From concept to fleet demonstration, the Navy says this idea took less than six years to produce in a collaboration between the U.S.
Northrop Grumman Taps Johnson as VP for BAMS
Northrop Grumman Corporation appointed Carl Johnson to vice president of Programs-Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) within the company's Integrated Systems sector. Northrop Grumman's BAMS solution incorporates maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities into the Global Hawk Block 20 air vehicle. The system can carry up to 3,000 pounds of payload comprising a variety of sensors optimized for searching, tracking and identifying targets, while collecting and transmitting data over open ocean and littoral areas. Northrop Grumman's offer includes an RQ-4N air vehicle derived from the RQ-4B Global Hawk, uniquely configured for the Navy and the maritime ISR domain. A contract is expected to be awarded later this year.
Coast Guard to Test Arctic Oil Spill Technologies
The U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC) plans to test and evaluate oil spill detection and recovery technologies in the Arctic Ocean as part of Operation Arctic Shield 2013. A multi-agency team of engineers and scientists led by RDC researchers will conduct a series of demonstrations in September 2013 aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy to test and evaluate capabilities of various unmanned aerial systems (UAS), an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) and a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to search for simulated oil spills.
USCG to Trial Unmanned Aircraft Systems
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will evaluate unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capabilities, benefits, risks and technical limitations of operating UAS from land and/or off a Coast Guard Cutter in a maritime environment. The USCG said it intends to enter a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Conoco Phillips Company for the assessment, under which it will conduct flight testing and evaluation of UASs under a variety of simulated but realistic and relevant real-world maritime operational scenarios, such as ice operations, marine environmental monitoring, marine safety, search and rescue and potentially other coast guard mission sets.
Lockheed Martin-Led Team Tests Naval Defense System
Lockheed Martin has completed at-sea demonstration operational testing of a new Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FIAC) Defense System, which is designed to provide an innovative and cost-effective way to quickly extend the defensive perimeter of most naval vessels out to five miles. To counter the globally emerging threat of small attack boat swarms - referred to as FIAC by the U.S. Navy - a Lockheed Martin-led industry team, with the support of the Navy, developed the FIAC Defense System. The system integrates existing sensors, weapons and decision support systems with innovative command and control (C2) elements to allow host ships to detect…
TEKEVER Develops Vessel Tracking for Small UAS
TEKEVER will present at Xponential/AUVSI its new vessel detection capabilities for its UAS product lines. Available for TEKEVER’s AR3 and AR4 product lines, the new capabilities allow for an increased effectiveness of the systems in multiple types of maritime missions. Automatically detecting vessels from visual images at sea presents multiple technical and operational challenges, such as highly dynamic background, sun reflections and even dealing with the sky/sea contrast. Although the presence of a small vessel can usually be seen in an image…
Coast Guard to Test Oil Spill Technologies in Arctic
The U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC) plans to test and evaluate oil spill detection and recovery technologies in the Arctic Ocean as part of Operation Arctic Shield 2013. A multi-agency team of engineers and scientists led by RDC researchers will conduct a series of demonstrations in September aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy to test and evaluate capabilities of various unmanned aerial systems (UAS), an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) and a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to search for simulated oil spills.
Fairweather Forms New Subsidiary Tulugaq
Following the recent acquisition of VDOS, a worldwide company in airborne remote sensing operations, Fairweather, LLC has announced the formation of subsidiary Tulugaq, LLC -- the result of a partnership between Fairweather, LLC, Olgoonik Corporation and Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation. The company was formed to bolster Fairweather’s remote sensing and real-time scientific data collection capabilities utilizing specialized manned and unmanned airborne assets to support offshore oil and gas exploration and production efforts in the Arctic.
Unmanned Aircraft Features Maritime Radar
The UAS producer TEKEVER is launching at Xponential-AUVSI, a new version of its AR3 Net Ray shipborne UAV with an increased payload weight capacity to allow integration of maritime radar. According to the developer, the new UAV is suited for a number of missions, including wide area autonomous surveillance of large maritime and land areas, with onboard multi-sensor pattern detection, as well as multi-mission support, including border protection, fire surveillance, communications support, and environmental, infrastructure and pipeline monitoring.
AeroVironment: Navy Deploying Underwater-Launched UAS
Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition – AeroVironment, Inc. has announced the United States Navy plans to deploy its “Blackwing,” a small, tube-launched unmanned aircraft system that deploys from under the surface of the sea, on manned submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles. Blackwing builds on AeroVironment’s extensive operational experience with small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and its Switchblade Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System (LMAMS) to provide the Navy with a low cost…
New Standard for Vessel Underwater Noise
ISO 17208-1:2016, a new international standard for the measurement of underwater noise from ships, has been published by ISO. The full title of this standard is “Underwater acoustics – Quantities and procedures for description and measurement of underwater sound from ships – Part 1: Requirements for precision measurements in deep water used for comparison purposes”. The standard specifies the general measurement system, procedures, and methodology used for the measurement of underwater sound from ships under a prescribed operating condition. It is available for purchase from the ISO ans ANSI webstores. Noise Control Engineering, LLC (NCE), a leader in the field of shipboard noise control, led the effort to develop this standard.
L-3 Taps Whitlow as President of Aviation and Maritime Services Division
L-3 Communications said that Bill Whitlow was named as President of its Aviation and Maritime Services division (AMSD). Whitlow assumes the role previously held by Tom Brennan before his recent retirement from L-3. Prior to his promotion, Whitlow was a Vice President at AMSD. AMSD, based in Marlton, New Jersey, is a recognized industry leader, providing engineering, management, training and technical support services nation-wide. In 2006 AMSD continued to expand its role in the development and integration of Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) under contracts with the U.S. Navy.
Northrop Grumman Q3 2009 Results
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) reported that third quarter 2009 earnings from continuing operations totaled $487 million, or $1.52 per diluted share, compared with $509 million, or $1.50 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2008. Third quarter 2009 net pension adjustment (FAS/CAS) reduced earnings from continuing operations by $47 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared with an increase to earnings from continuing operations of $42 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2008. Third quarter 2009 earnings included a net tax benefit of $75 million, or $0.23 per share, primarily for final settlement of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) examination of the company's 2001, 2002 and 2003 tax returns.
MLL to Train 60 Cadets This Summer
For the past 13 years, Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) has hosted more than 900 cadets from federal and state maritime academies to sail aboard its ships. This summer, more than 60 cadets will train aboard 28 U.S. flag containerships and 4 pure car/truck carriers. Cadets will actively participate in all of the daily tasks necessary to safely and efficiently keep large commercial vessels working in international trade, while simultaneously fulfilling the United States Coast Guard (USCG) training requirements to obtain a license. Throughout the year, MLL coordinates training opportunities for cadets from all major academies including Massachusetts Maritime, Maine Maritime, California Maritime, New York Maritime, Texas A&M Galveston, the Webb Institute of Technology and the U.S.