Thales has signed a design and pre-production contract to upgrade Australia's Collins class submarine sonar systems, enhancing their capability to outperform the most advanced underwater threats in an increasingly complex environment.
As Australia's leading provider of sonar technologies, Thales will build on its local and international expertise to prepare for upgrades to the submarines' cylindrical array, flank array, and onboard processing to maintain Royal Australian Navy superiority in the region.
Benefiting from a multi-decade investment in Australian innovation, Thales will utilise some of the latest developments in underwater sensing to replace the Collins arrays, which have not been upgraded since first entering service in the mid-1990s. Chris Jenkins, CEO of Thales in Australia, said: "The Collins class sonars have proven very effective over many years, and now we are preparing for the upgrade to ensure they remain at the forefront of sensing performance."[Full Story.]
Last updated: 24 November 2016