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Royal Norwegian Navy picks Patria minesweeping systems

20th April 2021 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Patria Sonac ACS illustraton. (Photo: Patria)

Acoustic minesweeping equipment will be installed on Norwegian vessels.

The Royal Norwegian Navy has ordered Patria Sonac ACS acoustic minesweeping systems.

The contract value and delivery timeframe were not disclosed when Finland-based Patria announced the deal on 20 April.

Shephard Defence Insight notes that the Norwegian fleet includes four Oksøy-class and two Alta-class mine countermeasures vessels. The latest announcement did not specify if all these ships will receive the new equipment.

Patria Sonac ACS uses proprietary sound source technology, which the company claimed offers ‘unprecedented acoustic performance over a wide frequency spectrum’. The technology supports mine setting, target simulation and mine jamming modes of operation.

The design of Patria Sonac ACS allows accurate reproduction of true pre-recorded or synthesized and submerged or surface target signatures.

‘This innovative design makes the platform highly efficient against modern intelligence influence sea mines,’ Patria stated.

Its compact size suits Patria Sonac ACS for integration with future lightweight autonomous minesweeping systems, the company added.

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