Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Banner Days for Damen, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Teledyne reson

Ecuador’s Coastguard Boosts Fleet with Two Damen Stan Patrols (SPa) 5009

Damen has recently signed a contract with Astilleros Navales Ecuatorianos (Astinave) to construct two Damen SPa’s 5009 for the Ecuadorian Coastguard. The Ecuadorian shipyard will build both vessels locally with Damen Technical Cooperation, which is Damen’s method of ‘building on site’.

Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC) will supply Astinave with prefabricated kits to build both vessels. As well as the numerous advantages that local construction brings to the contract-signing table, DTC uses proven Damen designs that guarantee technical and operational performance. Due to the sheer complexity of building the Stan Patrol 5009, Damen’s agreement with Astinave includes on-site technical assistance during the construction and commissioning periods.

Strategic alliance: Although this latest contract represents the first Damen Stan Patrol 5009 for Astinave, the yard has built up considerable experience with Damen designs over the years. “We see Astinave not only as a client but also as a partner,” said Ezequiel Najmias, Damen Sales Manager Americas.  Astinave has built a great number of vessels in cooperation with Damen, including tugs, cutter suction dredgers, fast crew suppliers and patrol vessels since the first building contract in 2007. 

Customer specifications: The Ecuadorian Coastguard will mobilise the two new Damen SPa’s 5009 for general patrol duties – benefiting from a top speed of 23 knots provided by four fixed-pitch propellers. They specified that both vessels had the capacity to accommodate 32 people operating for up to 30 days without external support – something that required a number of design adaptations. 

Najmias said: “By increasing the fuel capacity to 90m3, enlarging the storage and freezer rooms and installing a powerful water-maker, both vessels will be able to operate autonomously for 30 days.” 

Ecuador’s Coastguard already operates three Damen SPa’s 2606, with a fourth currently under construction at Astinave’s facilities on the banks of the Guayas River. After delivery of the two patrol vessels, the fleet will total six Damen builds.

By the Way...
Damen Shipyards Group operates 40 ship and repair yards, employing 8.000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5.000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers approx. 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale value and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.  Not just for navies and coastguards, Damen offers a wide range of products, including: tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and super yachts. With this wide range of ship-building, one can anticipate that key learnings from each type of vessel development  that can benefit the design of other vessels.

Damen offers a broad range of Services for nearly all vessel types, such as maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. To complete, Damen offers a variety of marine components, especially nozzles, (flap-type) rudders, steering gear, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion offers a network of 16 repair & conversion yards worldwide, with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DS&C handles 1,500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.

Source: Damen

U.S. Navy to Test and Evaluate Lockheed Martin Industrial Exoskeletons

Lockheed Martin has received a contract through the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) for the U.S. Navy to evaluate and test two FORTIS exoskeletons. This is the first procurement of Lockheed Martin's exo-skeletons for industrial use.

The FORTIS exoskeleton is an un-powered, lightweight exoskeleton that increases an operator's strength and endurance by transferring the weight of heavy loads from the user's body directly to the ground.

The objective of this effort is to mature and transition exo-skeleton technology to the Department of Defense industrial base and perform testing and evaluation for industrial hand-tool applications at Navy shipyardsBy wearing the FORTIS exoskeleton, operators can hold the weight of those heavy tools for extended periods of time with reduced fatigue.

Lockheed Martin has been investing in exo-skeleton research and development for more than five years, most recently through the NCMS Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities programme. These investments have led to advancements in powered and unpowered exoskeleton systems for applications ranging from military to industrial.

Source: Lockheed Martin Corporation 

Lockheed Martin Introduces Maritime Test Bed for U.S. Navy

Using a newly-developed advanced maritime test bed, Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated how continually evolving technologies can be used to share intelligence quickly and securely – even in limited bandwidth naval settings.

This new software test platform is designed to mimic different naval environments at sea and ashore that allows Lockheed Martin to validate sophisticated intelligence, communications and sensor systems before they are introduced in an operational setting. (Shouldn't this be happening anyway??? - ed.)

Dr. Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions said: “The maritime test bed provides a cost-effective, risk-reduction platform that can be used for realistic testing to demonstrate what is possible – with the end goal of providing real-time, decision-quality intelligence for the Navy.” (Again, shouldn't this be happening anyway? - ed.)

In its recent demonstration, Lockheed Martin used the test bed to prove how the Navy could fuse simulated Aegis radar data with other integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sensor data to provide a comprehensive picture of a battle space.  

As should be expected the test bed collected, analysed and processed the data, then distributed it to simulated platforms at sea and on shore. The resulting "collaborative atmosphere" allowed users to operate more efficiently, since all units had access to integrated ISR-related activities, improving situation awareness and battle management planning.

Interesting: the maritime test bed was developed with open standards software (OSS) infrastructure in order to leverage multiple information sources and databases for testing. (Should we discuss the security measures added for OSS purposed for defence?  - ed.)

Source: Lockheed Martin Corporation 

Northrop Grumman, US Navy Integrate Manned, Unmanned Flight Operations

Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy offered a glimpse of the future of carrier aviation on 17 August  by conducting a series of cooperative flights from the aircraft carrier  USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), using an X-47B Unmanned Air System (UCAS) and an F/A-18 Hornet.

The flights – the first time manned and unmanned carrier aircraft have operated together in the same carrier controlled landing pattern at the same at the same time – took place in the "Eastern Atlantic" (presumably Northeastern - ed.)

This offered Northrop Grumman and the Navy an opportunity to collect data to help reduce risks associated with integrating unmanned aircraft with conventional manned carrier operations.

The X-47B flew in the landing pattern with the F/18-Hornet at approach speeds of 120 miles per hour at a pattern altitude of 1,200 feet during the flights. Mission operators aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt had full control of the X-47B during flight maneuvers that involved several planned precision approaches to the carrier. (Shouldn't all approaches to an aircraft carrier be precise??? - ed.)

Source: Northrop Grumman Corporation

Teledyne Reson Hosts Specialist Events: Subsea Vehicle theme added to the UTS Boston - October 7-9 2014

Last week Teledyne Reson  announce a second theme to its UTS Boston event, Subsea Vehicle, presenting AUV, ROV and Deep Tow technology and solutions from Teledyne RESON, Teledyne BlueView  and Teledyne Benthos as well as Bluefin Robotics.

Teledyne RESON Comprehensive Multibeam Training Course
Teledyne RESON welcomed 16 attendees during last week's Comprehensive Multibeam Training Course in London. Using the facilities at the port of London Authority (PLA) and their survey vessel the Yantlet, course attendees benefitted from a week full of boat, classroom, and software training. Their next Comprehensive Multibeam Training Courses will take place at:
Loch Ness, 6-10 October 2014.
Santa Barbara, USA, 10-14 November, 2014
...and Teledyne Reson's AUV Multibeam Training Course is scheduled for Santa Barbara, US, 4-6 November, 2014
Underwater Technology Seminars - UTS14
UTS Hamburg, Germany, 16-18 September 
UTS Boston, USA,  7-9 October
UTS Singapore, Singapore, TBD December 

Source: Teledyne Reson

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