GeoSpectrum to supply hydrophone sonar spare parts for RCN submarines

10 August 2018 (Last Updated August 10th, 2018 11:55)

The Government of Canada has awarded a contract to GeoSpectrum Technologies for the delivery of replacement parts for hydrophone sonar systems.

The Government of Canada has awarded a contract to GeoSpectrum Technologies for the delivery of replacement parts for hydrophone sonar systems.

Hydrophone sonars are underwater microphones that have been specifically developed and deployed to detect subaquatic sounds.

The sonars are currently used by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) on-board its Victoria-class submarines.

Canadian Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough said: “Our government is committed to providing Canadian Armed Forces with the best equipment available to do their valuable work.

"This contract award is yet another example of our commitment to supporting their role in keeping Canada’s waters safe, while contributing to sustainable and long-term employment."

“This contract award is yet another example of our commitment to supporting their role in keeping Canada’s waters safe, while contributing to sustainable and long-term employment.”

GeoSpectrum Technologies is based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The company has been granted the rights by Lockheed Martin to manufacture replacement parts for the hydrophones sonars under the $3.4m government contract.

The latest arrangement is slated to help support the RCN’s ability to effectively detect threats around the country’s coastal regions, while ensuring significant economic growth in Nova Scotia.

Dartmouth-Cole Harbour Member of Parliament Darren Fisher said: “Congratulations to GeoSpectrum Technologies, a Dartmouth-based company manufacturing critical marine products for our brave women and men in uniform.

“This contract award underscores our government’s commitment to supporting regional economic development across Canada, including right here at home in Nova Scotia.”

The hydrophone sonars, equipped with the new spare parts, will be connected to the existing passive ranging system to locate, track and classify underwater contacts.

The replacement parts are scheduled to be delivered to Esquimalt, British Columbia, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.