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KraitArray heads for final trials

28th June 2018 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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SEA’s Krait Defence KraitArray anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sonar is set for the final trials of its extended 150m ultra-thin towed version.

This newest version of the KraitArray uses multi-module assembly for use with ASV, AUV and small surface vessels. At 150m in length, it extends the range and increases the bearing accuracy enabling a full ASW capability on small ships and offshore patrol vessels.

The trials are being carried out to prove the new capability, including its high-sensitivity transducers.

Designed to deliver similar performance to larger towed arrays, the KraitArray is more efficient to launch and recover, minimising the footprint on the host vessel and handling requirements. The modular construction of the KraitArray offers flexibility, resilience and enables it to be easily repaired or replaced on board.

Steve Hill, managing director, SEA, said: ‘The drive towards unmanned surveillance of the seas makes the lightweight KraitArray a valuable tool for underwater sensing. It is also an ideal solution for smaller vessels which are unable to accommodate a traditional heavy towed array.’

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