Tuesday, 25 November 2014

EURONAVAL 2014 Post Show Report

Innovative Re-Thinking 
EURONAVAL 2014 expected over 350 exhibitors from nearly 30 countries, including 90 government delegations from 65 countries. The exhibition highlighted a number of new products and concepts, among them THALES’ SEA FIRE 500 multifunction naval radar; AUTOPROTECTION, an integrated, non-lethal anti-piracy system developed by an industrial consortium composed of Amefo, Bureau Veritas, Eca Robotics, ENSM, Lacroix, SAGEM, Sofresud, SeaOwl, and THALES; MTU’s 6R166 M20 six-cylinder marine engine; THALES’ new SEARCHMASTER multirole surveillance radar with AESA technology. Also, MBDA’s SIMBAD RC ship self defence system has now entered the qualification phase, with first deliveries of series production units expected in 2015. Some of these innovations are detailed below.

Admiral Osama el-Gendy (centre), Chief of the Egyptian Navy, visiting the stand of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems on 28 October 2014.
(Photo: Stefan Nitschke)

Integrated Above and Underwater Security System Unveiled

ATLAS Elektronik UK and Signalis and have jointly developed an interface for the CERBERUS Mod 2 Diver Detection Sonar (DDS) into Signalis’ STYRIS Integrated Maritime Surveillance and Security System. The latter is a single, common software solution for the collection, processing, fusion, and display of data from a wide range of external sensors such as radars, AIS, RDF (radio direction finder), cameras, weather stations, and the CERBERUS Mod 2 DDS. CERBERUS Mod 2 is ATLAS Elektronik’s latest generation diver detection sonar designed to detect and classify open and closed circuit divers, swimmers, swimmer delivery vehicles (SDV), and UUV. It is proven, flexible, and has been qualified for military use. CERBERUS, which is provided in a lightweight, easy-to-deploy package, can be configured for various environments and applications such as permanent seabed installation for 24/7 port and harbour security and surveillance.
Carl Stone, ATLAS Elektronik’s Maritime Security Product Manager, said, ”this has been a really exciting development for [ATLAS Elektronik UK] as it not only solidifies our group relationship with Signalis but it adds another dimension to the capability of our DDS. By integrating [the CERBERUS Mod 2 DDS] into Signalis’ STYRIS system, we now have the ability to combine our DDS underwater picture with above water sensors to provide a fully comprehensive security system.” Both STYRIS and CERBERUS enable multiple sonar head integration. “STYRIS is able to carry out diver track fusion which enables us to operate multiple, overlapping sonar heads simultaneously and display their tracks in one single user display along with multiple above-water sensors”, Stone explained. STYRIS has been thoroughly tested to ensure seamless integration of ATLAS Elektronik’s CERBERUS Mod 2 DDS, which means that integration into existing systems can be carried out with minimal additional cost. “This really is a step forward for our CERBERUS product and brings with it a number of new opportunities”, he noted.
Signalis’ Director of Sales and Marketing, Mark Pearson, commented, “It is very satisfying when two companies are able to ‘fast track’ a solution to meet a market need. Together we have expedited the integration of the CERBERUS Portable [DDS] into our new STYRIS product, providing operators a complete solution for the surveillance and tracking of both surface and subsurface targets.”

STYRIS provides seamless integration of above and underwater sensors, including the CERBERUS Mod 2 Diver Detection Sonar.
(Graphic: Signalis/ATLAS Elektronik UK)

Rafael’s Innovation Triumphs

The very latest presented by Rafael in Le Bourget has been the TYPHOON MLS-ER weapon system. It includes SPIKE-ER missiles, launchers, an EO director, and a fire control system. The lightweight, stabilised system can be installed on a variety of naval platforms, ranging from RHIB to larger boats and ships. According to Rafael, TYPHOON MLS-ER features fire-and-forget, as well as fire-and-observe and update modes of operation, enabling the gunner to switch between targets after launch, avoid friendly fire, conduct surveillance/damage assessment, and attack hidden targets. There also is a fire-and-steer mode, in which the gunner can launch the missile without pre-locking onto the target and manually steer it to the target.
Also, Rafael showcased its C-DOME Naval Point Defence System. It is designed to effectively protect surface combatants against the spectrum of modern threats, handling saturation attacks by engaging multiple targets simultaneously. Reaction time is very short and enables automatic and semi-automatic engagements. Components include a multi-round launcher assembly loaded with vertically-launched, canisterised IRON DOME; the latter achieved more than 1,200 successful interceptions during the recent Israel-Gaza conflict. Up to 10 interceptors can be loaded into the multi-round launcher. Installed under the ship deck, C-DOME utilises the ship’s own surveillance radar and does not require a dedicated fire control radar. Weapon system C2 is seamlessly integrated with the ship’s CMS, facilitating system operation.

TYPHOON MLS-ER draws on the proven SPIKE-ER, an EO-guided multipurpose missile exceeding a combat range of up to 8km (4.3nm) with pinpoint accuracy.
(Photo: Rafael)

Showdown of the Sea deFNder Remote Weapon Station

FN Herstal’s presence in Le Bourget was highlighted by the launching of the new Sea deFNder Remote Weapon Station (RWS), the third model in the deFNder range developed and engineered for use by maritime forces. Its high modularity allows it to be mounted on a wide variety of naval and Coast Guard platforms, ranging from speed boats and patrols up to frigates and destroyers. Sea deFNder provides the advantage of firepower in any scenario, including territorial waters surveillance, self defence, anti-piracy, anti-terrorism, and the interception of drug or weapon smugglers. Its universal cradle can hold any machine gun, from the FN MINIMI 5.56 to the .50-calibre that can be either the FN M2HB-QCB or FN M3R. Also, Sea deFNder can be equipped with 40mm grenade launchers for additional firepower. Prior to its official unveiling in Le Bourget, an order has been placed for a number of Sea deFNder RWS, bringing the total number of units ordered across the deFNder range to over 1,300 for both land- and sea-based applications.

The Sea deFNder (seen here equipped with the FN M2HB-QCB heavy machine gun) shares many features of the deFNder Medium used on combat vehicles, including a sight module (CCD plus IR uncooled or cooled), one-hand or game pad control handle, and ammo box.
(Photos: FN Herstal)

OTO Melara Unveils HITROLE Sea Cat 20mm Naval Weapon

The Italian manufacturer OTO Melara surprised the international maritime community with its newly developed HITROLE Sea Cat 20mm naval weapon. Featuring a high capacity ammunition storage (750 20mm rounds), high operative flexibility, and autonomy for close-in protection against sea-based threats and air targets, the new weapon system is an “enabler of power” in high threat areas. OTO Melara told NAVAL FORCES in Le Bourget that the 20mm Gatling rotating machine gun can be used for “combating airborne and land-based targets”. On 28 October, OTO Melara signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SAKT in the United Arab Emirates to develop, co-produce, and promote the weapon system.

OTO Melara’s HITROLE Sea Cat 20mm is an ultra-modern, fully stabilised, electrically-operated, and remotely-controlled naval weapon system that can be fitted with a multi-barrel cannon capable of encountering the spectrum of asymmetric threats.
(Photo: Stefan Nitschke)

GRIFFIN C Demonstrates In-Flight Re-Targeting Capability

Raytheon’s new GRIFFIN C missile (formerly SeaGriffin) will counter swarming boat threats. The company successfully completed flight tests of its GRIFFIN C increased capability missile during a series of tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona. The missile highlighted its In-Flight Target Update (IFTU) capability when it was redirected to a new target in mid-flight. IFTU is vital for naval forces facing swarming boat threats that often intermingle with friendly and neutral shipping.
Also, Raytheon and L-3 Communications completed the second successful firing of the Rocket Remote Weapon Station (RRWS) outfitted with 70mm guided rockets. Missile compatibility includes the TALON, DAGR, APKWS, and HYDRA-70 rockets. According to L-3 Communications’ Integrated Optical Systems business unit, the laser-guided rocket scored direct hits. Multiple sensor options are on offer for detection, tracking, and targeting.

Raytheon has completed the development phase of the GRIFFIN C multi-platform, multi-service weapon linking the new dual-mode (imaging IR/semi-active laser) seeker, data-link, and In-Flight Target Update (IFTU). Pictured here is the life firing test of the Mk60 Griffin Missile System (GMS) from the “Cyclone” class fast patrol boat USS “Typhoon” (PC 5) in the Persian Gulf on 20 March 2014.
(Photos: US Navy)

IAI Adds Two New Maritime Surveillance Radars to its Heritage

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has expanded its best-selling Maritime Surveillance Radar family. The manufacturer presented models of two new additions to this family, the ELM-2022ES radar and the ELM-2022ML lightweight radar, in Le Bourget. The ELM-2022ES radar, developed by IAI’s subsidiary Elta Systems Ltd., provides optimal maritime and ground surveillance and imaging capabilities, in addition to simultaneous air surveillance. The system implements the proven operating modes and processing algorithms of the ELM-2022 family, while using the unique capabilities of AESA technology. Over 250 ELM-2022 radars have been sold to customers in over 25 countries worldwide, with the radar currently operated on many platforms: the P-3 ORION; Bombardier DASH-8; Airbus Military C-295 and C-235; Dornier 228 Maritime Patrol Aircraft; maritime helicopters; and IAI's HERON 1 maritime UAS. The ELM-2022ML radar uses a unique front-end design in which most of the radar components are installed directly on the mechanical antenna array. Weighing only 50kg, this radar is suitable for the growing market of small to medium UAV/UAS, as well as light reconnaissance aircraft and helicopters. All modes and capabilities of the existing radar are retained. This radar is especially suitable for maritime law enforcement and HomeLand Security (HLS) missions. Nissim Hadas, IAI’s Executive Vice President and Elta’s President, noted that the company is monitoring developing market requirements for performance and size, and continues to add new versions and modes of operation to extend the capabilities of its radars.

The ELM-2022ES can be installed on various mission aircraft (e.g. IAI’s Q-400 MPA; pictured), and be operated for a variety of military and maritime law-enforcement missions, such as Maritime Surveillance and ASW, EEZ surveillance, ISR, HomeLand Security (HLS), and search and rescue (SAR) missions. It is the subject of growing interest by leading customers worldwide.
(Photos: Israel Aerospace Industries)

NCMI Maximises Cost Effectiveness of Naval Training

IAI’s MLM Division developed NCMI, a distributed, full-scale, ready-to-run naval embedded naval training and simulation system that utilises high-fidelity simulation of virtual seaborne and airborne platforms. NCMI (Naval Combat Manoeuvring Instrumentation) provides a solution for sailors which need frequent exposure to dynamic environments containing multiple surface, airborne, and subsurface assets that may be friendly, hostile, neutral or unknown, complex rules of engagement and state-of-the-art equipment. According to IAI, interfaces with various combat systems allow for realistic scenarios, including C4I, EW, radar, sonar, and weapon systems. Also, there are interfaces with other training systems to ensure complete warfare simulation, by interfacing with other On-Board Training Systems (OBTS); Air Combat Manoeuvring Instrumentation (ACMI) systems; or Naval Tactical Trainers (NTT). According to Uri Shenfeld, IAI’s Business Development Manager, Training & Simulation, NCMI takes into account reduced manning levels on modern warships, meaning that individual crew members have multiple roles and tasks. Whilst a warship remains in its operational area, crew exchanges require a number of additional crews on land that must have follow-on training and practical preparation before deployment aboard. As a consequence, additional training slots are required. Training capabilities must therefore be fully independent of the ship and other training hardware. More complex knowledge must be absorbed than on current ships, for which NCMI draws on the latest high-fidelity weapon simulation models and kill assessment algorithms. “The simulation itself is Knowledge Base-driven”, said Uri Shenfeld. The coherent exercise situation is distributed via dedicated multi-layer simulation data-link that distributes the tactical situation to all participants both at sea and ashore. “The present solution for training and both ashore and at sea was developed in cooperation with Elbit Systems”, Uri Shenfeld told NAVAL FORCES in Le Bourget. It enables a wide range of capabilities: control over the environment; introduction of new virtual forces; tactical picture; compilation analysis; 3D mission rehearsal; and debriefing. The latter can be on a PC-based ground station and aboard a naval platform. According to Uri Shenfeld, NCMI also addresses asymmetric threat scenarios that are becoming to dominate the scene.

NCMI (Naval Combat Manoeuvring Instrumentation) provides a proper response to naval terrorism scenarios that are often described as situations similar to civil war and without the existence of well-defined frontline parties.
(Photo: Israel Aerospace Industries)

CNIM Expands Landing Craft Portfolio

CNIM Systèmes Industriels presented the concept of the MPC coastal patrol and landing vessel. It is a 40m long catamaran with a loading area of 130m2, including two 11m RHIB. For roll-on/roll-off logistical support, the craft has a truck/car lane of 2x18.5m. The propulsion system consists of four diesel engines delivering 950-1,081kW each. Each hull is equipped with one pump-jet unit. The MPC’s operating speed is quoted at 19-21 knots.

Hull and superstructure of the MPC multipurpose patrol craft are made of aluminium.
(Photo: CNIM Systèmes Industriels)

New Integrated, Non-Lethal System Protects Seafarers and Ships

At a press briefing in Le Bourget, SAFRAN-owned SAGEM presented AUTOPROTECTION, which, as an integrated, non-lethal anti-piracy system, controls all sensors and effectors from a single, intuitive and portable user interface. Designed by AUTOPROTECTION, an industrial consortium consisting of Amefo, Bureau Veritas, Eca Robotics, ENSM, Lacroix, SAGEM, Sofresud, SeaOwl, and THALES, the new solution enables automatic threat detection (by using radar processing techniques and accurate identification by EO/IR sensors); warning and deterrent responses (by utilising search lights and sound cannons); anti-boarding actions (by employing remote-controlled water cannons and smoke generators); and vessel and crew protection. The latter draws on a full set of sensors, effectors, and resources for protecting both the vessel and the crew. Key features of the latter include ballistic and anti-RPG (Rocket-Propelled Grenade) protection for the vessel‘s vulnerable areas plus a range of devices to hinder incoming assailants, according to SAGEM.

MTU Completes Marine Genset Portfolio...

Rolls-Royce’s MTU brand presented the 6R1600 M20 six-cylinder engine that has been especially developed for on-board power generation. Delivering 269kW at 1,500rpm (50Hz) and 232kW at 1,800rpm (60Hz), the engine sets new standards in terms of low total running costs and eco-friendliness. CommonRail fuel injection and the electronic engine control system help to keep fuel consumption under 200g/kWh, with very low exhaust emissions. According to Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG, major overhauls are initially required only after 15,000 hours, while injector service life is 7,500 hours. Knut Müller, MTU Friedrichshafen’s Vice President, Propulsion & Power Generation, and Head of Governmental Business, told NAVAL FORCES that two 6R1600 M20 marine engines were selected for two mine countermeasures vessels built under the auspices of the KORMORAN programme of the Polish Navy.

The MTU 6R166 M20 six-cylinder marine engine meets IMO Tier II and EPA Tier III emission standards.
(Photo: Stefan Nitschke)

...Automation Gets More Important in the Future

Automation will be the technology driver in the future. In a briefing on 28 October, Oliver Haller, Senior Manager Automation at MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH, gave an overview of the CALLOSUM automation system, one of the world’s most advanced monitoring and control systems for naval ships, including corvettes and frigates. “It is a tailor-made solution; some “300 CALLOSUM ship automation systems have been sold since [the system] has been introduced at EURONAVAL [in 2008]”, he said. CALLOSUM is composed of four modules: the basic CALLOSUM MC monitoring and control systems; CALLOSUM DC (identifying and controlling the damage incurred by collisions or weapon impacts); CALLOSUM TS (simulating a variety of scenarios to prepare naval personnel, with crews trained either on-board the ship or at a land-based training facility); and CALLOSUM MT (the maintenance support system designed for long-term assignments at sea). The latter has been selected for the German Navy’s Type F125 frigates. CALLOSUM MC, which is at the core of the capabilities, controls the propulsion plant, from fixed propellers to complex drive systems. CALLOSUM takes into account that automation is extending to all areas of warship operation, monitoring, and maintenance, gaining leverage from developments in commercial shipping.

CALLOSUM DC identifies and controls the damage incurred by collisions or weapon impacts.
(Photo: Stefan Nitschke)

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