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US Navy’s Knifefish UUV completes contractor trials

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first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy’s Knifefish UUV completes contractor trials General Dynamics Mission Systems has completed contractor trials for the US Navy’s Knifefish program, the company announced Oct. 26.The Knifefish UUV is a mine countermeasure (MCM) unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) operated in multiple mine test target fields at-sea using buried, bottom and volume type mine-test targets.According to the company, the Knifefish system successfully demonstrated its ability to detect, classify and identify potential mines, at a variety of depths, each of which would pose a unique threat to naval vessels operating in a mission area.“The navy is pleased with the Knifefish performance during the recent contractor trials, as the system demonstrated its ability to reliably find mines in different environments,” stated Capt. Jonathan Rucker, PMS 406 program manager. “Knifefish provides the Navy a critical means to find and identify bottom, buried, and volume mines, providing a much-needed capability for the warfighter.”“This round of contractor testing demonstrated the continued improvement in the performance of the Knifefish UUV,” said Carlo Zaffanella, vice president and general manager of Maritime and Strategic Systems for General Dynamics Mission Systems. “Working closely with the Navy, we look forward to Sea Acceptance Trials in 2018 and continued refinement of the Knifefish system.”Contractor trials, managed by General Dynamics Mission Systems, took place off the coast of Boston using submerged Navy mine-test targets. These trials differed from previous evaluations of the Knifefish UUV by demonstrating end-to-end performance of the Knifefish system in realistic at-sea mission scenarios over the course of hundreds of hours of at-sea operation and more than a hundred simulated missions.Knifefish is a medium-class mine countermeasure UUV intended for deployment from the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship and other Navy vessels. Knifefish will reduce risk to personnel by operating in the minefield as an off-board sensor while the host ship stays outside the minefield boundaries.General Dynamics Mission Systems is the prime contractor for the Knifefish program. The company designed the tactical UUV based on the General Dynamics Bluefin Robotics Bluefin-21 deep-water Autonomous Undersea Vehicle (AUV). October 27, 2017 US Navy’s Knifefish UUV completes contractor trials View post tag: MCM Share this article Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: LCS View post tag: UUV View post tag: GDMS View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Knifefishlast_img read more

Regional Police Chiefs Plan Operation to Curtail Weapons Trafficking

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first_img “Although there are no Central American countries that manufacture firearms, about 2,826,000 weapons are circulating in the region, and two out of three are illegal, which is a risk factor for crime and insecurity throughout the region,” it added. The meeting, held in a hotel near the Pacific coast of Sonsonate, 115 km southwest of San Salvador, aimed to “organize” the second “Regional Operation for Weapon Seizure” or “ORCA II”, using the experiences gathered from the first operation in 2011. On April 18, Central American, Mexican, Caribbean, and Colombian police chiefs met for a two-day meeting in El Salvador, to coordinate a regional operation against weapons trafficking, with the goal of reducing violence, the Central American Integration System (SICA) reported. The operation will be coordinated and promoted by SICA Secretary General Juan Daniel Alemán, and by the Commission of Central American, Mexican, Caribbean and Colombian Chiefs of Police (CJPCAMCC) as part of the support for the fight against illegal firearms carrying and trafficking in Central America and neighboring countries, funded by the European Union. Sixty-three members of the CJPCAMCC, personnel of the Central American Program for Small Arms and Light Weapons Control, and representatives of the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), attended the meeting, during which Interpol and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials also shared their experiences on disarmament. By Dialogo April 22, 2013 The SICA initiative intended to “contribute to strengthening citizen security in Central America, to reduce the impact and potential harm of armed violence from a human development perspective,” the organization stated. last_img read more

CargoX Becomes Observer of EU’s Digital Transport & Logistics Forum

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first_imgCargoX, a Slovenia-based supplier of blockchain solutions for logistics, has become an observer of the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF), an initiative forum established by the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission.“We are looking forward to providing to the European Commission … at its disposal, our … solution expertise, our full and complete knowledge and understanding, our vision, and the insights we have into the maritime shipping industry,” Stefan Kukman, founder and CEO of CargoX, said.“We are further excited to provide an approach to digitalization based on the neutral, public blockchain, and the enormous functional and optimization potential offered by our solution for transferring and transacting maritime shipping, financial, and global trade document asset ownership.”The DTLF is a consultative platform set up in 2015 which can influence the EU’s policy on transport.The group of experts brings together stakeholders from various transport and logistics communities, from both the private and the public sectors, with a view to building a common vision and road map for digital transport and logistics.DTLF’s overarching objective is to improve digital interoperability in logistics and freight transport across Europe.CargoX offers Smart B/L solution based on the public Ethereum blockchain. It replaces old-school paper Bill of Lading documents and drives fast, safe, reliable and cost-effective processing of Bills of Lading anywhere in the world. The company plans to introduce a number of other products for the supply chain industry in the future.last_img read more