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Elbit Systems announced that it was awarded a contract valued at approximately US$53 million to provide and integrate intelligence suites onboard vessels of the Navy of a country in Southeast Asia. The contract will be performed over a two-year period.

Under the contract, Elbit Systems will equip several vessels with suites that provide the capability to perform complex reconnaissance missions, generating an operational picture of the air, surface and underwater domains.

Elad Aharonson, General Manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR Division, said: “There is growing demand for our maritime solutions. I believe that the unique combination of a diverse portfolio of operational systems and groundbreaking technological innovation enables us to effectively address the evolving needs of maritime forces.”

Elbit Systems will supply and integrate comprehensive suites consisting of an array of systems from across its maritime portfolio, including: AES-212 electronic intelligence systems; NATACS naval tactical communication intelligence systems and jamming capabilities; SPECTRO XRTM electro-optical payloads; M670 hull mounted sonars; Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS); and underwater communication systems and combat management systems. The programme also includes maritime radars and satellite communications capabilities. In addition, Elbit Systems will provide training services.

Revisiting the TRAPS towed reel-able active/passive sonar, Elbit Systems announced in late 2019 that the system was successfully tested onboard the Kingston class coastal defence vessel HMCS Glace Bay (MM 701) in service with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). The TRAPS sonar system showed “great potential through the trials period,” according to the company, meeting predicted ranges in target detection, in both passive and active modes against different targets. TRAPS is a low frequency (LF) variable depth sonar (VDS), which is intended to detect, track and classify underwater threats like submarines and torpedo weapons, as well as surface ships.

Stefan Nitschke

 

Testing of the TRAPS sonar system onboard the Kingston class coastal defence vessel HMCS Shawinigan (MM 704) was completed during September 2018. (Photo: Elbit Systems/GeoSpectrum Technologies)

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