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ELAC Sonar Awarded Italian Navy Contract for U212 NFS Submarine Programme

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ELAC Sonar Awarded Italian Navy Contract for U212 NFS Submarine Programme

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ELAC Sonar Awarded Italian Navy Contract for U212 NFS Submarine Programme
ELAC Sonar Awarded Italian Navy Contract for U212 NFS Submarine Programme

It is with great honor and pleasure that ELAC SONAR GmbH announces that with the release of the option for Boat number 3 the NFS program is continuing its path. The U212 NFS (Near Future Submarine) Programme is an innovative Submarine project undertaken by the Italian Navy in the framework of the contract managed by the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR). ELAC SONAR GmbH’s Sphere® based integrated sonar suite Kaleidoscope 2.0 will generate, transmit and process big sonar data from all existing user functions and electroacoustic sensors. ELAC SONAR GmbH’s Sphere® is a sonar suite that provides a comprehensive range of sonar functions including communication, survey, mine and obstacle avoidance, passive detection and ASW solutions.

Bernd Szukay, MD, and Ole Schneider, FD, said: “This contract is another significant win for ELAC Sonar GmbH, and takes us forward the next step on our growth and technological development path”.

Sphere® by ELAC SONAR is the answer to all requirements in surveillance, mine & collision avoidance, underwater communication and measurement. Sphere® integrates formerly separated sonar systems into one versatile unitary system. Sphere® generates, transmits and processes big sonar data from all existing user functions and sensors. This way, maximum customer benefit for current and future projects is achieved. The digitally advanced technology for the passive sonar systems significantly improves detection performances and allows multi-functional operator stations to perform various sonar applications on board the submarines.

The open sonar suite KALEIDOSCOPE 2.0 is an advanced, totally integrated sonar system that meets the mission requirements of modern diesel-electric submarines. It offers full spatial, full spectral and full temporal coverage. KALEIDOSCOPE 2.0 is based on MOTS hardware and performance-tested software for sonar processing. The wet end parts (hydrophones) are completely developed, produced and tested in-house. The modular design allows for easy upgrade, addition of future improvements and offers reduced life cycle costs. KALEIDOSCOPE 2.0 is based on proven design applied on real projects. It features open interfaces to other sensors and is ready to be integrated with any third-party combat management system.

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