Royal Canadian Navy tests TRAPS sonar aboard HMCS Glace Bay

30 September 2019 (Last Updated September 30th, 2019 10:57)

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has successfully tested GeoSpectrum Technologies’ Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) on board the Kingston-class coastal defence vessel HMCS Glace Bay.

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has successfully tested GeoSpectrum Technologies’ Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) on board the Kingston-class coastal defence vessel HMCS Glace Bay.

TRAPS is a low-frequency sonar designed to detect, track and classify submarines, surface vessels and torpedoes.

The testing completes the final assessment of the sonar system.

The performance trials of GeoSpectrum’s TRAPS sonar with HMCS Glace Bay were conducted by Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC).

Glace Bay is the second vessel in the class to serve as the platform for operating the sonar system.

GeoSpectrum Technologies president Paul Yeatman said: “We are very pleased to see the system operated well on HMCS Glace Bay. I believe this is an ideal system to augment Royal Canadian Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities and allow Canada to better support missions such as anti-narcotics operations.”

The company has stated that TRAPS performed as per expectations and met predicted ranges in target detection in both passive and active modes against different targets.

The sonar system also showcased the capability to be easily deployed and recovered by a single operator.

GeoSpectrum is positioning TRAPS as an attractive solution for small, large and unmanned vessels.

GeoSpectrum said in a statement: “Its unique and demonstrated ability to offer towed active sonar capability for low, medium, and high frequencies, as well as passive sonar in the system, are generating interest from multiple customers.”

TRAPS can be used for small combatants and in support of littoral operations, as well as naval defence and surveillance.

The system features directional passive towed array, vertical projector array, an armoured tow cable, and other components.

GeoSpectrum is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems.