This shift in operating conditions calls for modular acoustic systems with very high levels of performance in order to provide submarines with the capabilities they need to perform their missions effectively and safely. Thales develops sonar suites based on open, interoperable architectures to accommodate future capability and minimise cost of ownership. These solutions incorporate high-performance acoustic sensors, integrated processing electronics and advanced user interfaces.
By combining subsystems such as bow-mounted sonar, flank array sonar, obstacle avoidance sonar, intercept sonar and passive towed-array sonar, Thales builds comprehensive, cohesive and integrated solutions that provide submarines with all-round situational awareness together with the ability to detect, locate and classify all types of threats at short, medium and long range across a broad spectrum of frequencies.
- 140 conventional and nuclear-powered submarines in service with 23 navies are equipped with Thales systems.
- 50% of the accessible global market for submarine sonars is currently held by Thales.
At the Thales’ facility in Glasgow we have over 100 years’ experience in design and manufacture of state-of-the-art periscopes and optronics masts for submarine platforms around the world. We are presently manufacturing our latest generation optronics mast – the Low Profile Variant (LPV). LPV is an evolution of our first-generation, sea proven design that has been fitted to over 30 platforms worldwide.