Israeli Navy deploys HELRAS-equipped Seagull
The Israeli Navy recently deployed a Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS)-equipped Seagull multi-mission surface vessel in an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise, Elbit Systems announced on 14 May.
The exercise, which was conducted together with the Hellenic Navy, demonstrated that operating a dipping sonar onboard such a vessel significantly increases its operational working time while substantially enhancing detection capabilities and the effectiveness of ASW.
The deployment took place approximately three months after the Israeli Navy completed a Sea Acceptance Test for a HELRAS dipping sonar that was successfully converted for operation onboard its Seagull.
The Seagull autonomous multi-mission surface vessel features switchable, modular mission payload suites and can perform mine countermeasure missions, electronic warfare, maritime security, hydrography and other missions using the same vessel, mission control system and data links.
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