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High-frequency sonars to equip Australia's Collins Class Submarines

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December 30, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

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High-frequency sonars to equip Australia's Collins Class Submarines
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AUSTRALIA. Thales Australia and the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) have signed a $23.7 million contract to equip next generation Mine and Obstacle Avoidance Sonar (MOAS) and High Frequency Intercept Array (HFIA) systems on the Collins Class Submarines.

According to the company, the Herron system is designed to provide enhanced detection, coupled with a low false alarm rate, against dangers ranging from small mine-like objects to reefs, shoals, and hazardous objects like displaced shipping containers.

Thales also claims that the High Frequency Intercept Array (HFIA) will aim to enhance the submarine’s ability to detect high-frequency emissions like sonars, and emerging undersea threats.

Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said that these new systems will be engineered to achieve more than 80% Australian Industry Capability and additional export opportunities.

 

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