Elbit to supply underwater warfare capabilities to Navy of Asia-Pacific country

The drone ships will be equipped with Helicopter/Ship Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS) as well as an autonomous suite, combat management system and satellite communication capability

Elbit to supply underwater warfare capabilities to Navy of Asia-Pacific country

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Israel's Elbit Systems announced that it was awarded approximately $56 million worth of contracts to supply anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities to the Navy of a country in the Asia-Pacific region. The contracts will be performed over a 12-month period.

Under the contracts, Elbit will provide Seagull unmanned surface vessels (USVs) configured to carry out ASW missions, along with Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) systems. 

The Seagull USVs will be equipped with Helicopter/Ship Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS) as well as the company’s autonomous suite, combat management system and satellite communication capability. The TRAPS systems, which will be installed onboard the customer's warships, are low frequency variable-depth-sonars intended for detection, tracking and classification of submarines, midget submarines, surface vessels and torpedoes.

Oren Sabag, co-General Manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR & EW, said "Advanced autonomous and sonar capabilities are a key to addressing the expanding challenges in the underwater arena. We believe that our portfolio of proven maritime capabilities is well positioned to support the growing operational requirements of naval forces around the world."

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