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SAAB PROVIDES TACTICAL DATA LINKS TO SWEDISH NAVY
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
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SAAB 9LV Mk4 CMS will be upgraded as part of the contract

Source: Saab Group


SAAB 9LV Mk4 CMS will be upgraded as part of the contract

Source: Saab Group


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STOCKHOLM -- Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, to provide Multi Tactical Data Links to the Swedish Navy. The total order value is SEK 148 million ($18.6 million).

The Navy platforms will be upgraded with data links such as L16 and L22.This enables closer co-operation and communication with other nations at sea during missions.

Saab 9LV Combat Management System (CMS) will be upgraded as part of the deliveries.

Link 16 is a military tactical data exchange network used by NATO and associated nations to allow military aircraft, ships and ground forces to exchange tactical information securely in near real-time. Link 22 is primarily maritime and complements Link 16.

Saab’s 9LV CMS is used as command and control center for many advanced surface vessels and submarines, providing naval forces with outstanding operational capabilities, supporting all mission types, from littorals to the open ocean.

Source:  Saab Groupo
Associated URL: saabgroup.com
Source Date: February 13, 2018
Posted: 02/16/2018

 
 
U.S. NAVY AWARDS SURFACE ELECTRONIC WARFARE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM CONTRACT
Friday, February 16, 2018
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Source: General Dynamics Mission Systems


Source: General Dynamics Mission Systems


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WASHINGTON -- General Dynamics Mission Systems is being awarded an $11.9 million firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-5352) to exercise options for Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement program (SEWIP) Block 1B3 full-rate production. SEWIP provides enhanced shipboard electronic warfare for early detection, analysis, threat warning and protection from anti-ship missiles.

Work is expected to be completed by October 2019. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

Source:  http://www.defenselink.mil
Source Date: February 16, 2018
Posted: 02/16/2018

 
 
PALS TURNS TO MARINE ORGANISMS TO HELP MONITOR STRATEGIC WATERS
Friday, February 2, 2018
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Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS)

Source: U.S. DARPA


Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS)

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WASHINGTON -- The world’s vast oceans and seas offer seemingly endless spaces in which adversaries of the United States can maneuver undetected. The U.S. military deploys networks of manned and unmanned platforms and sensors to monitor adversary activity, but the scale of the task is daunting and hardware alone cannot meet every need in the dynamic marine environment. Sea life, however, offers a potential new advantage. Marine organisms are highly attuned to their surroundings-their survival depends on it-and a new program out of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Biological Technologies Office aims to tap into their natural sensing capabilities to detect and signal when activities of interest occur in strategic waters such as straits and littoral regions.

The Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS) program, led by program manager Lori Adornato, will study natural and modified organisms to determine which ones could best support sensor systems that detect the movement of manned and unmanned underwater vehicles. PALS will investigate marine organisms’ responses to the presence of such vehicles, and characterize the resulting signals or behaviors so they can be captured, interpreted, and relayed by a network of hardware devices.

Beyond sheer ubiquity, sensor systems built around living organisms would offer a number of advantages over hardware alone. Sea life adapts and responds to its environment, and it self-replicates and self-sustains. Evolution has given marine organisms the ability to sense stimuli across domains-tactile, electrical, acoustic, magnetic, chemical, and optical. Even extreme low light is not an obstacle to organisms that have evolved to hunt and evade in the dark.

However, evaluating the sensing capabilities of sea life is only one of the challenges for PALS researchers. Performer teams supporting DARPA will also have to develop hardware, software, and algorithms to translate organism behavior into actionable information and then communicate it to end users. Deployed hardware systems operating at a standoff distance of up to 500 meters must collect signals of interest from relevant species, process and distill them, and then relay them to remote end users. The complete sensing systems must also discriminate between target vehicles and other sources of stimuli, such as debris and other marine organisms, to limit the number of false positives.

DARPA favors proposals that employ natural organisms, but proposers are able to suggest modifications. To the extent researchers do propose solutions that would tune organisms’ reporting mechanisms, the proposers will be responsible for developing appropriate environmental safeguards to support future deployment. However, at no point in the PALS program will DARPA test modified organisms outside of contained, biosecure facilities.

DARPA anticipates that PALS will be a four-year, fundamental research program requiring contributions in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, machine learning, analytics, oceanography, mechanical and electrical engineering, and weak signals detection.

DARPA will hold a Proposers Day on March 2, 2018, in Arlington, Virginia, to provide more information about PALS and to answer questions from potential proposers. For additional details visit: https://go.usa.gov/xnAZG. Registration is available at: http://events.sa-meetings.com/PALSProposersDay.

Source:  U.S. DARPA
Associated URL: https://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2018-02-02
Source Date: February 2, 2018
Author: U.S. DARPA 
Posted: 02/16/2018

 

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