Naval Warfare

Attack-class combat systems spin through third R&D cycle

18th November 2020 - 14:35 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Lockheed Martin awards contracts to research topics ranging from innovative cable management to electronically steered arrays

Lockheed Martin Australia announced on 18 November that it has awarded R&D contracts, worth a total of A$525,000 ($383,000), to seven Australian organisations for White Papers on the development of ‘novel and emerging advanced technologies’ in support of the combat system for the future Attack-class submarines

This is the third cycle of R&D contracts funded under the Future Submarine Combat System Integrator Program. To date, more than A$2 million has been awarded to 19 organisations.

‘Upon completion of the White Papers, further contracts may be awarded to selected respondents for Ongoing Capability Research,’ Lockheed Martin noted.

R&D topics in the latest awards include: console design; the feasibility of a small form-factor, multi-function, electronically steered arrays for electronic support and communications in submarine environment; instantaneous 360-degree video; methods for ‘improving cyber resilience of container orchestration environments’; integration ...

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