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ECA Group and THYCON announced the signature of a memorandum of understanding during last PACIFIC 17 exhibition held in Sydney in the beginning of October 2017 to address the challenges of the future Australian submarine and other defence programs.

ECA Group is specialised in subsea robotics and systems including solutions for submarine equipment’s such as power electronic cabinet (static variators, speed variators) silent electrical motors, steering gear console also being one of the world specialists for magnetic signature management systems.

THYCON provides 50, 60 & 400Hz frequency converters, UPS, rectifiers and CCR equipment, as well as bespoke power quality solutions.

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The U.S. Navy awarded the Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) team a contract to build an additional littoral combat ship (LCS). The contract value is under the 2017 congressional cost cap of USD584 million per ship.

LCS 27 will be built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine and is the 14th Freedom-variant LCS ordered by the U.S. Navy to date.

The Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine team is currently in full-rate production of the Freedom-variant, and has delivered five ships to the U.S. Navy to date, including the future USS Little Rock which was delivered to the U.S. Navy on Sept. 25. There are seven ships in various stages of construction at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, with two more in long-lead production.

The Freedom-variant LCS team is comprised of Lockheed Martin, shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine, naval architect Gibbs & Cox.

(LCS, Lockheed Martin).


The U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) will assess Thales’s induction rocket system technology.

Thales has been awarded a contract, for a 6-month period, under the terms of an FTAS (Foreign Technology Assessment Support) agreement.

During this period, the Telson-22 and Telson-12 rocket launchers, and Aculeus induction rockets, will be assessed in France by an American delegation in cooperation with Thales engineers.

(Telson-22, Thales).


The SMART-L MM radar system mounted on the test tower at the Thales Nederland premises in Hengelo, The Netherlands, detected and tracked a ballistic missile at an average range of more than 1500 km.

On 25 September, a ballistic missile was launched from the Hebrides (Scotland) as part of Formidable Shield 2017 naval exercise organized by the US Navy’s Sixth. The SMART-L MM radar in Hengelo detected the target as soon as it appeared over the horizon. The system maintained a stable track for more than 300 seconds.

Four SMART-L MMs will be delivered to the Royal Netherlands Navy, to be installed from 2018 onward on the four De Zeven Provinciën-class frigates. Further, Thales Nederland will deliver two SMART-L MMs to the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

(SMART-L MM, Thales Nederland).

(SMART-L MM, Thales Nederland).

(SMART-L MM, Thales Nederland).


Thales has won a 7 year £100 million contract with the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy to provide through-life support services for communications systems installed onboard the two Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.

(Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, Royal Navy).


Taiwan has ordered the 30mm Orbital ATK Mk44 Bushmaster automatic cannon to arm a turret that Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology is designing. The turret will equip an infantry fighting vehicle variant of the Taiwanese CM-32 Clouded Leopard 8×8 armoured vehicle.

The contract calls for the procurement of 285 cannons. The two-man turret also will include cameras and a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun.


Saab has been sub-contracted by Lockheed Martin UK to assemble 16 of the British Army’s virtual crew turret trainers of Ajax combat vehicle. The crew turret trainer is a virtual simulator designed to train the vehicle crew in the use of the turret (armaments, radios, sights etc).

Saab is also on contract to design and deliver the live simulators for both the Ajax.

(Ajax combat vehicle, Saab).