September 26, 2019, DSIT Solutions Ltd. (DSIT) – a pioneer and world leader in underwater defense and security solutions based on advanced, sonar and acoustics technologies for naval missions – will launch its SwordFishTM Towed Array Sonar (TAS) system at Pacific 2019. Towed by the vessel, the SwordFishTM complements DSIT’s BlackFishTM HMS (Hull Maunted Sonar) system for use at various sea depths and for different mission types. When used close to the shoreline as a standalone solution, all DSIT’s sonar systems can be operated via one onshore control station.
DSIT’s FishTM anti-submarine warfare (ASW) family is capable of underwater target search, detection, tracking and classification both in passive, active and parallel modes. Each sonar system includes machine learning technologies for automation algorithms, reducing operator workload and required expertise. Designed to operate with the medium frequency of both the BlackFishTM HMS and Bow Mounted Sonar (BMS) in littoral and deep-water ASW operations, the low-frequency SwordFishTM TAS is the latest solution to join the family.
The SwordFishTM TAS system is connected to the vessel’s stern via a light winch, the cable length of which is determined according to the mission type and requirements. The lightweight TAS system, with its low deck signature, is suitable for Frigates, Corvettes, OPVs of various sizes, and even small vessels such as Fast Patrol Crafts (FPC).
“We identified the operational need to locate and track submarines at various depths and in different mission environments, including when using small vessels for either offshore or green waters missions,” says Hanan Marom, VP Business Development & Marketing of DSIT. “SwordFishTM TAS is designed as a complementary system to the BlackFishTM HMS and BMS to meet the requirements of a wider range of missions.” Other DSIT solutions that will be displayed at Pacific 2019 include the SeaShieldTM Underwater Coastal Surveillance System – a long-range underwater Passive and Active detection system, warning against underwater and abovewater targets including submarines, semisubmersible vehicles and surface ships; AquaShieldTM – an advanced Diver Detection Sonar (DDS) system; and PointShieldTM – a portable and/or stationary PDDS for medium-range ship or asset protection.
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