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Farnborough 2010: A question of sonobuoys

22nd July 2010 - 10:00 GMT | by Tony Osborne


The US Navy is reviewing its use of sonobuoys, which have for decades been one of the key tools of navy helicopter submarine hunters.

During the Cold War thousands of the devices were dropped into the sea in the cat and mouse game of hunting Soviet submarines.

However the new advanced dipping sonars, such as the AQS-22 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar (ALFS), being used on the new MH-60R Seahawk are proving so effective, that the US Navy are thinking of reducing the number of sonobuoys carried or eliminating the feature altogether.

Captain Dean Peters, the US Navy's programme manager on

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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