L-3 Klein Associates, Inc. (L-3 Klein) announced today that it has received an award from the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVO) for seven life-cycle kits to upgrade existing L-3 Klein System 5000 sonar systems to the advanced Klein S5900 multi-beam side scan sonar.

The S5900 system will be deployed from six T-AGS 60-class oceanographic survey ships that are designed and constructed to provide multi-purpose oceanographic capabilities in deep ocean areas and shallow coastal waters around the world. The life-cycle upgrade to the S5900 system was awarded in support of NAVO’s emerging requirements for higher-resolution data collection in mine warfare, homeland defense and other fleet operations that demand high-resolution target detection and bottom-mapping capabilities.

"The U.S. Navy’s focus on littoral operations has created a large backlog of high-priority oceanographic, hydrographic and geophysical survey requirements, and L-3 Klein is proud to continue our support of NAVO with our latest-technology sonar systems," said John Cotumaccio, president of L-3 Klein. The S5900 side scan sonar uses high-frequency commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) multi-beam technology to provide high-resolution imaging with 100 percent bottom coverage while towed at speeds of 2 to 12 knots.

The S5900 tow fish is depth-rated to 750 meters and can operate with copper and/or fiber-optic tow cables. Interferometric bathymetry is included in the upgrade, providing simultaneous bathymetry and side scan data collection capabilities. Articulated depressor wings allow for remote control of depressive force as well as enhanced towing stability. Acoustic positioning systems are electronically and mechanically integrated into each S5900 tow fish. A gap filler sonar, for full coverage in the nadir region, is also available with the S5900 system.

L-3 Klein, a division of L-3 Marine & Power Systems, is located in Salem, N.H., and is a leading sensor technology provider that manufactures and designs high-resolution sonar systems, marine navigation systems, and radar-based security and surveillance systems. With over 40 years of experience, L-3 Klein’s customers include commercial, government and military organizations; shipping and offshore oil companies and related support contractors; maritime facilities; academic institutions; and underwater vehicles manufacturers.

Comprising 25 operating companies, L-3 Marine & Power Systems (L-3 M&PS) is a worldwide leader in maritime automation and control, navigation, communications, dynamic positioning, undersea warfare sensors, and power distribution and conditioning for the U.S. Navy, allied foreign navies and commercial customers worldwide.

With over 80 locations in 20 countries, L-3 M&PS is a cohesive, global partner with extensive capabilities and a proven track record in delivering the highest level of technology, service and integration.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 51,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms.

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