The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has selected FarSounder’s long-range sonar for installation on-board its future fleet replenishment tanker HMNZS Aotearoa (A12).
FarSounder is set to deliver its flagship forward-looking sonar, FarSounder-1000, under the arrangement.
The FarSounder-1000 sonar is designed to provide real-time 3D data to the vessel in order to enhance safety and security for the ship’s crew.
FarSounder’s sonar will also support the maritime sustainment capability (MSC) vessel during operations in disaster zones featuring hazardous debris and changing seafloors.
FarSounder’s Oceantech is slated to serve as the facilitator for the project.
The South Korean dealer will be responsible for the delivery and installation of FarSounder-1000 as part of the arrangement.
The 24,000t vessel will be operated by the New Zealand Defense Force to conduct an array of missions, ranging from logistics support and maritime protection to humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries is currently constructing the vessel, which will also be equipped with ice-strengthened and winterised steel to help it carry out operations in challenging Antarctic environments.
HMNZS Aotearoa is intended to replace the RNZN’s ageing HMNZS Endeavour ship, which is scheduled for decommissioning in the near future.
The new naval tanker is expected for delivery in January 2020.
It will be homeported in New Plymouth and is set to begin operations in March 2021.