Sonar 2093 is a multi-frequency variable depth sonar system designed to counter the threat of modern mines in both deep and shallow water, and is used by navies worldwide in demanding operational conditions.
The upgrade will be fitted to all Royal Navy (RN) Sandown-class minehunters, in a 60-month program, to enhance system performance against low target strength mines. Thales will have the responsibility for the design, manufacture, and fitting of the equipment modification to introduce wideband technology into Sonar 2093.
Thales has successfully evolved the technology from the world renowned 2193 Hull Mounted Sonar. The wideband capability allows the Sonar 2093 to perform the same extensive deep water performance previously only seen in shallow water. It can be offered as a new system or an upgrade for navies around the world.
“Thales is leading the way against the modern mine threat, and this exciting product improvement provides our customers with the opportunity to upgrade their existing 2093 systems or invest in new systems with the advantages of improved operational performance, improved operability and improved supportability,” said Jeremy Standen, VP of Maritime Mission Systems in the UK
The introduction of wideband provides improved mine countermeasures in environments where previously performance was unattainable. The pulse compression technology allows long range detection and classification of new generation low target strength mines, by optimizing performance against reverberation and noise simultaneously. Wideband transducer arrays also allow maximum performance from the use of the highest bandwidth-time product available.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defense and Security markets. With 61,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €13 billion in 2014. With over 20,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its unique international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.