Published on 12 December, 2011
|The Sentinel sonar system is designed to detect, track and classify underwater threats to military ships and harbours|
Sonardyne International Ltd. has delivered two more Sentinel Intruder Detection Sonar's to Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific (SSC) in San Diego, USA.
The application is undisclosed, however, the systems are based on Sonardyne's latest evolution of its world leading underwater surveillance system, Sentinel. For the first time, Sonardyne is supplying the sonars to the customer in a MOTS (Military off the shelf) configuration. This allows the client to configure the system to simultaneously process the sonar data with both Sonardyne's automatic, detection and tracking algorithms (ADT) and the users bespoke sonar processing capabilities.
The Sentinel sonar system has now been ordered or specified by over 30 customers worldwide. The system is designed to reliably detect, track and classify underwater threats to military ships, infrastructure and harbours. It provides early warning of unauthorised divers and / or underwater vehicles reaching a pre-determined exclusion zone around the target. The standard system can be mounted or deployed in a range of configurations including vessel, seabed, jetty or expeditionary. The system is autonomous with minimal operator intervention and proven capability across the world.
Commenting on the latest contract, Rob Balloch, Strategic Development Director for Sonardyne adds "Sonardyne is responding to our clients' requirements by offering qualified customers the option of either a ‘COTS' (commercial off the shelf) or a MOTS system. With the recent launch of the Sentinel 1500m and 500m derivatives to support the Sentinel 900m we now have a range of platforms that can meet all customers' requirements with flexible technical options."