Making the most of masts and periscopes

Safran have been providing masts and periscopes in France for the last few generations of technology. Credit: Safran

Submarine periscopes and masts call on a wide variety of sensors, whether optical, optronic (electro-optical), or using electronic warfare technologies. They span the operational spectrum, from intelligence to engagement. Worldwide, only a handful of manufacturers have developed real end-to-end expertise in submarine masts and periscopes – and there’s only one in France: Safran.

View from Canberra: Submarines - an expensive way to keep the electronics dry

HMAS Rankin returns to her home port of Fleet Base West at the completion of her South East Asia Deployment. Credit: Defence

Of all the complex military electronics systems out there, nothing will be more complex than the combat system aboard one of our new submarines. Yet in all the heated politics about just who will build them and where, next to nothing has been said of the electronics.

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The View from Canberra: The Greek Submarine Experience

The Hellenic Navy's Type 209 S-118 "Okeanos".

As Australia lurches unsteadily towards acquisition of new submarines, it's instructive and entertaining to consider another submarine deal on the other side of the world. Premium

TKMS makes its case for Sea 1000

TKMS Type 214 outside the company's Kiel shipyard. Credit: TKMS

Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) can provide a practical endorsement of its bid to supply Australia’s Future Submarine - a state-of-the-art shipyard with six submarines under construction, three more undergoing refit or maintenance, and ongoing research and development activity. Premium

RUSI Sub Summit highlights

With industry still unsure on how the competitive evaluation process will work in practical terms, the RUSI-hosted Sub Summit in Adelaide was a timely opportunity to bring together an interesting array of speakers on the process and options being put forward. Premium

Undersea Technology: The combat system that Collins didn’t get | ADM August 2014

At the 2001 Defence + Industry Conference in Canberra, there was an expectation that Defence would announce the results of the competition for the supply of a new combat system for the Collins-class submarines. The choice lay between the ISUS90-55, offered by STN Atlas and its Australian partners, and the Raytheon CCS Mk.2, in service with the US Navy. Premium

Combat Capability: Choosing the Sea 1000 submarine – where to from here? | ADM June 2014

By far the most dramatic moment at ASPI’s two-day “The Submarine Choice” conference came in its closing minutes, with an extraordinary verbal stoush between the chairman of German submarine constructor Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS), and a retired Swedish Rear Admiral. Premium

Defence Business: SAAB weighs up Future Submarine | ADM May 2014

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Another option for Australia’s SEA 1000 Future Submarine program has become clear in very recent times, with the news that SAAB has been directed by the Swedish government to explore the possibility of creating a submarine design and construction capability. Premium

Defence Business: Defining the future submarine | ADM April 2014

Stealth is the single most important factor in the philosophy and broad issues guiding the development of Australia’s Future Submarine, key decisions on which need to be made within 18 months, David Gould, general manager Submarines at the DMO, told the ADM Congress. Premium

Sea Power: SMEs getting ready for the Future Submarine | ADM March 2014

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) with an ambition to join the Sea 1000 Collins submarine replacement project are in a waiting game that may yet have years to run. Premium

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Unmanned tiltrotor for Marines?

An Artist's render of a Bell V-247 Vigilant taking off from a US Navy LHD. Credit: Bell Helicopters/Textron
On 22 September, in anticipation of a US Marine Corps (USMC) requirement for a shipborne UAV capability, Bell Helicopter unveiled its unmanned V-247 Vigilant tiltrotor.