U.K. Royal Navy’s Successor Class SSBN(R) Likely To Be Equipped With Type 2076 Sonar

by Stuart Slade, Senior Naval Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Successor Class SSBN. Source: U.K. MoD

The final shape of the U.K. Royal Navy’s Astute program is becoming clearer: three submarines are in service; three submarines are under construction; and one additional submarine is projected, though its future is uncertain. Additionally, items with long lead times have been ordered. Any hope that an eighth Astute class submarine would be ordered has vanished, and there are growing doubts that the seventh-of-class will be built. The current odds seem to favor the program being held at six submarines, with a new class being designed to make any required force structure enlargements. Continue reading

International Demand Drives Naval Electro-Optical Multifunction System Production

by Andrew Dardine, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

EOMS NG. Source: Sagem

EOMS NG. Source: Sagem

The Sagem Defense electro-optical multifunction system (EOMS) should see steady production over the next several years for multiple naval applications. The system provides panoramic or sector surveillance and automatic target detection and tracking, as well as fire control. Continue reading