Sonardyne's maritime security division has delivered its sentinel intruder detection sonar systems to an undisclosed Asian customer.
Configured to provide long-range, wide-area detection, tracking and classification of underwater threats, the systems meet the underwater security requirements of naval end users.
The customer will deploy the sonars to protect strategically important naval bases across the country.
In addition to reliably detecting and tracking, the system can also protect a critical infrastructure facility, offshore platform, sea port or private yacht at anchor.
The Sentinel features autonomous monitoring capabilities, long-range detection and false alarm rates, to provide a rapidly deployable 360° underwater security solution for any application.
Sonardyne Maritime Security business manager Nick Swift said that the latest order proves the improved performance and reliability of Sentinel, and that the company will work closely with the customer during commissioning and installation.
"Since its introduction to the market, Sentinel has taken reliable, long-range intruder detection to a new level, outperforming far more expensive and complex technologies," Swift said.
The system provides wide-area situational awareness to operators and commanders, using new tracking software that combines data from multiple sonars to produce a single picture of the underwater environment.
Developed in three variants, the small and lightweight system has a low false alarm rate and can be left to operate autonomously once configured.
Image: A Sonardyne-built sentinel intruder detection sonar system. Photo: courtesy of Sonardyne 2014.