Elbit’s Canadian Subsidiary Completes TRAPS Sonar Trials with Royal Canadian Navy

GeoSpectrum TRAPS onboard the Canadian Navy’s Kingston-class coastal defence vessel (Photo courtesy of Elbit Systems)

Elbit Systems’ Canadian subsidiary, GeoSpectrum Technologies (GTI), announces the successful Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) trial of its Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) on board the HMCS Glace Bay of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), completing final assessment of a second TRAPS onboard RCN’s vessels (tests of GTI’s TRAPS onboard HMCS Shawinigan were completed during September 2018).

The trials were conducted by the Department of National Defence’s science and technology organization and the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC).

TRAPS is a Low Frequency (LF) variable-depth-sonar intended for detection, tracking, and classification of submarines, midget submarines, surface vessels, and torpedoes. Its “wet-end” towed arrays’ acoustic elements are a vertical projector and a receive array. TRAPS’ unique advantage is that its projector array is reelable and stows on the winch drum with the receive array and tow cable.

“We see a growing interest in our unique Underwater Warfare portfolio as acquiring advanced ASW capabilities becomes increasingly important in many parts of the world,” said Elad Aharonson, General Manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR Division. 

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