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Kongsberg launches Flexview multibeam sonar

16th March 2018 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Kongsberg Mesotech has launched its new Flexview multibeam sonar designed for small observation class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), the company announced on 13 March.

The Flexview is a compact and light weight system that provides distortion-free images at a range of up to 200m over a 140° sector, reducing the time it takes to search for and locate targets.

The Flexview's removable transducer allows damaged transducers to be replaced in the field, in the unlikely event of a catastrophic impact. It also allows for potential new transducer configurations to be exchanged in the future, depending on the task being performed.

Konrad Mech, director, subsea channel management, Kongsberg Maritime, said: ‘Kongsberg Mesotech is excited to make target acquisition at long range a reality for observation-class ROV users with our new sonar. During our customer focus groups, we heard that users wanted the maximum range possible with good resolution. We are confident that Flexview is the solution to this request and will bring significant benefits.

‘We are also aware that a sonar can be damaged during deployment and removal, impacting field operations and requiring factory repair with very long cycle times. Flexview offers customers rapid field replacement of the transducer simply by removing four cap screws, without compromising integrity of the electronics housing.’

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