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FIRST ARCTIC AND OFFSHORE PATROL SHIP ASSEMBLED AT HALIFAX SHIPYARD
Friday, December 8, 2017
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RCN’s first AOPS, the future HMCS Harry DeWolf

Source: CNW Group/Irving Shipbuilding Inc


RCN’s first AOPS, the future HMCS Harry DeWolf

Source: CNW Group/Irving Shipbuilding Inc


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HALIFAX - The Royal Canadian Navy's first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), the future HMCS Harry DeWolf, is now assembled at Irving Shipbuilding's Halifax Shipyard.

On Dec. 8, 2017, the bow section of the first AOPS was transported on heavy lift transporters from inside the Halifax Shipyard's indoor shipbuilding facility outside to land level. Work will continue over the coming weeks to fully join the bow mega-block and its components to the center and stern mega-blocks, which were transported to land level in July 2017.

"As the first ship of the class, having the future HMCS Harry DeWolf assembled at land level is a significant milestone for the National Shipbuilding Strategy, the AOPS program, and our 1,800 shipbuilders," said Kevin McCoy, president, Irving Shipbuilding.

With all three sections of the first AOPS joined, further outfitting of the ship will continue.

There are currently two AOPS, the future HMCS Harry DeWolf and the future HMCS Margaret Brooke, under construction at Halifax Shipyard, with steel cutting for the third AOPS, the future HMCS Max Bernays, scheduled for later this month.

The future HMCS Harry DeWolf is scheduled to be launched at Halifax Shipyard in summer 2018.

"It is clear that the National Shipbuilding Strategy is working. The Royal Canadian Navy's ships are being built by the best shipbuilders in the most modern shipbuilding facility in North America, Canada's shipbuilding industry is being reinvigorated, and Canadians are benefiting from coast to coast to coast," said McCoy.

To date, Halifax Shipyard and its major subcontractors have more than $1.9 billion in spending commitments with over 250 organizations across Canada as part of the Halifax Shipyard's facility modernization and AOPS program.

Halifax Shipyard's spending commitments span from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia, including most provinces and territories in between such as Nunavut, Ontario and Quebec. The company forecasts more than $3.17 billion of economic activity across Canada between 2013-2022 from the Halifax Shipyard's facility modernization and AOPS construction.

Source:  Irving Shipbuilding
Associated URL: www.IrvingShipbuilding.com
Source Date: December 8, 2017
Posted: 12/11/2017

 
 
QINETIQ EMULATES DONE THREAT FOR ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY
Thursday, November 30, 2017
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QTS Snyper target

Source: QinetiQ


QTS Snyper target

Source: QinetiQ


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FARNBOROUGH, UK - QinetiQ Target Systems (QTS) has introduced a new service to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) by emulating the threat posed to large naval vessels by small multi-rotor drones.

The live demonstration was carried out in early November 2017 from a Halifax-class frigate under the C$8.5M Unmanned Targets Repair, Overhaul and Engineering contract, awarded to QTS in 2015.

QTS flew its Snyper multi-rotor target alongside Lockheed Martin’s Indago quadcopter using QinetiQ’s Universal Target Control Station (UTCS), which facilitates the operation of multiple unmanned systems from a single command centre.

The RCN has operated fixed wing aerial targets and marine surface targets using QinetiQ’s UTCS for more than 20 years, but the introduction of rotary wing targets is a first for the service.

Peter Longstaff, Managing Director, QTS, said: "Commercially available technologies, like off-the-shelf drones, are becoming more advanced and more accessible to those who wish to use them to cause harm. QinetiQ simulates these new and emerging threats to help the armed forces understand how to protect their people and assets. This is part of our global strategy to modernise test and evaluation by introducing innovative and advanced capabilities that help nations maintain their advantage over potential adversaries. In Canada, we are committed to supporting the Department of National Defence in achieving its vision of being strong at home, secure in North America, and engaged in the world."

The Snyper target is one of several QinetiQ technologies designed to help customers tackle threats from small unmanned aircraft, including the Obsidian detection system and a laser weapon currently in development by the Dragonfire consortium that will be capable of destroying drones mid-flight.

Source:  QinetiQ
Associated URL: qinetiq.com
Source Date: November 30, 2017
Posted: 12/11/2017

 
 
FINNISH DEFENCE FORCES ORDER BITTIUM TOUGH COMNODE TERMINAL
Friday, December 8, 2017
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Source: Bittium


Source: Bittium


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OULU, Finland - Bittium has received a purchase order worth €1.1 million from the Finnish Defense Forces for versatile Bittium Tough Comnode terminal. The purchase order concerns the final phase of the terminal’s productization over a duration of nine months and the delivery of a batch of the terminals to the Finnish Defence Forces after the end of the productization phase. Bittium Tough Comnode will fulfil the data transfer needs of the Finnish Defence Forces’ mobile troops by functioning for example as a VoIP phone (Voice over IP), an IP router (Internet Protocol), and an SHDSL repeater (Symmetrical High-speed Digital Subscriber Line).

Bittium Tough Comnode is rugged, easy to install in different environments and is also portable by soldiers on the battlefield. The terminal is compatible with the software defined radio based Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) system, which is meant for broadband tactical data transfer and is used by the Finnish Defence Forces. The terminal offers diverse connectivity options also to third-party equipment and systems. Bittium Tough Comnode also enables using legacy Combat Net Radios (CNR) as part of the IP-based tactical communication system (Radio over IP, RoIP).

Source:  Bittium
Associated URL: bittium.com
Source Date: December 8, 2017
Posted: 12/08/2017

 

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