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Dr. Alix Valenti

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Defence and security freelance journalist.
3D printer - USS Essex

Back to the Future

Can Additive Manufacturing processes really deliver useful support to deployed naval vessels? On 1 August 1785, Jean François de Galaup (comte de Lapérouse) set sail...
AI enables faster processing of large volumes of data, but the key issue of data collection and reliability remains to be addressed.

Understanding Artificial Intelligence in a Naval Context

While artificial intelligence has long held an almost fictional status which has seemed long on promise, in actuality it is increasingly defining superior ways...

MBDA’s Cyber-Secure Multi-Mission Firing Control Unit

During Euronaval, MBDA presented its Multi-Mission Firing Unit (MMFU), MBDA’s new cyber-secured firing unit designed to operate all MBDA’s weapon systems. “Currently, on ships,...
Boeing F-15EX

Naval Group displayed the latest model of the French Future Aircraft carrier

At Euronaval 2022, Naval Group displayed the latest model of the French Future Aircraft carrier (Porte-Avion Nouvelle Generation - PANG). Actually built to fit...
Naval Group AI

AI’s Achilles Heel?

Artificial Intelligence is promising to speed up the analysis of data to further tighten the OODA loop for commanders. But does it also have...
Sophie Ultima

Thales Visioloc Makes Light Work of Geolocation

On Monday 13 June, on the first day of Eurosatory, Thales launched Visioloc, its new geolocalisation system. Visioloc is a new functionality of Thales’...
Akeron MP

MBDA Launches Akeron Weapons Family

On 8 June 2022, MBDA launched its new family of fifth generation combat weapons: named Akeron. The Akeron family includes the Akeron MP, a...
Hybrid propulsion is installed on a wide number of European frigates, including the FREMM. (Naval Group)

(R)evolutions in Naval Propulsion – It’s Electrifying!

Changing the type of propulsion used by warships to ones more environmentally friendly pose difficult challenges, especially if power hungry weapons/systems are to be...
Thales-mine warfare

Dead Reckoning – Pathways to USV/UUV Autonomy

How much autonomy do maritime USVs and UUVs actually need to accomplish their missions now and in the future? ‘Autonomous’, ‘unmanned’, ‘uncrewed’, ‘lean manning’… over...

FDI Keel Laying

On 16 December, Naval Group laid the keel of the first defence and intervention frigate (Frégates de Défense et d’Intervention - FDI) ordered by...

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