German Navy research institute, WehrTechnische Dienststelle, WTD 71, has taken delivery of the FOCUS 2 ROTV system from MacArtney.
The stable and flexible instrumentation platform will serve as the basic tool for the research institute to develop new underwater technologies for the German Navy.
MacArtney Germany managing director Torsten Turla said: “Aiming to develop new underwater technologies for the German navy, WTD 71 has stipulated a number of demands that we have done our utmost to meet.
“The result is most satisfactory to all parties involved and we look forward to continuing our good and productive working relationship with WTD 71.”
Prior to acquiring the system, a demonstration was conducted by WTD 71, during which a Raytheon ProSAS was installed on a FOCUS 2 ROTV system purposed to evaluate the SAS sonar technologies for mine detection.
Following the demonstration, the WTD 71 defined a set of requirements for the integration of various sensor configurations.
Based on the requirements, the FOCUS 2 was supplied with a range of off-the-shelf products, such as MacArtney LUXUS compact low light cameras, an ORE Trackpoint 3 USBL transponder, a Valeport MiniSVS sound velocity sensor, and Imaginex FL forward-looking sonar.
The FOCUS system has also been prepared for installation of Raytheon ProSAS synthetic aperture sonar, Reson multibeam sonar and Kearfott INS.
Additionally, a special interface has been developed for integration of a range of WTD 71 developed sensors.
The NEXUS based multiplexer telemetry system constitutes an important part of the standard FOCUS ROTV system and enables a real-time multiplexing and transmitting data to the surface from all the integrated sensors.