A force multiplier that disrupts traditional ideas of collaboration
From Big Data to artificial intelligence, new digital technologies support real-time decision-making on ASW missions. Thales’s BlueScan® is a new ASW integrated acoustics system featuring real-time multi-sensor data fusion and analysis of heterogeneous data, that enables operators to master the underwater acoustic situation at every decisive moment.
BlueScan® addresses these needs directly by integrating sonar sensors with an advanced acoustic layer. It disrupts – and turns on its head – the traditional concept of collaborative ASW. Instead of building the acoustic picture by taking individual assessments, BlueScan® gathers all the data generated from the team’s acoustic sensors and processes it holistically. Then, using sophisticated software and user-friendly, 3D formats, it presents a real-time analysis of all assets at sea to the team’s members. This hub concept delivers more than the sum of its parts: historical data can be played in – bringing a step change in prediction quality; sonar configurations optimised, and threats better detected and classified. Sensors – on ships, aircraft; and sonobuoys – can be managed as one and positioned to provide a continually optimised acoustic screen.
With its open, scalable architecture, BlueScan® is designed to adapt to evolving operational requirements while keeping through-life support costs under control and accommodating incremental capability enhancements to meet the priority objectives of naval forces.
Position yourself today to exploit tomorrow’s advances in technology
Thales’s experts have invested thousands of hours developing and refining BlueScan® as a system to navigate collaboration’s complex challenges: sonar interoperability, seamless and secure connectivity and communications, and the exploitation of extensive environmental data for accurate predictions. Its capability is proven and being delivered for France’s FDI program and Spain’s F110 frigates. BlueScan® isn’t just about equipping a Navy with a superior ASW capability today – it’s also about positioning it strategically for tomorrow.
© Audrey Agostinelli