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Pacific 2019 ~ DSIT Solutions SwordFish TAS Launch

SwordFish Towed Array Sonar illustration [© DSIT Solutions]
DSIT Solutions Ltd. is to launch its new SwordFish TAS for detecting and tracking submarines at sea depth at Pacific 2019 in Sydney next month.


Press Release, 26 September 2019: DSIT Solutions Ltd. (DSIT) – a pioneer and world leader in underwater defence and security solutions based on advanced, sonar and acoustics technologies for naval missions – will launch its SwordFish Towed Array Sonar (TAS) system at Pacific 2019.

Towed by the vessel, the SwordFish complements DSIT’s BlackFish HMS (Hull Maunted Sonar) system for use at various sea depths and for different mission types. When used close to the shoreline as a standalone solution, all DSIT’s sonar systems can be operated via one onshore control station.

DSIT’s Fish anti-submarine warfare (ASW) family is capable of underwater target search, detection, tracking and classification both in passive, active and parallel modes. Each sonar system includes machine learning technologies for automation algorithms, reducing operator workload and required expertise. Designed to operate with the medium frequency of both the BlackFish HMS and Bow Mounted Sonar (BMS) in littoral and deep-water ASW operations, the low-frequency SwordFish TAS is the latest solution to join the family.

The SwordFish TAS system is connected to the vessel’s stern via a light winch, the cable length of which is determined according to the mission type and requirements. The lightweight TAS system, with its low deck signature, is suitable for Frigates, Corvettes, OPVs of various sizes, and even small vessels such as Fast Patrol Crafts (FPC).

“We identified the operational need to locate and track submarines at various depths and in different mission environments, including when using small vessels for either offshore or green waters missions,” says Hanan Marom, VP Business Development & Marketing of DSIT. “SwordFish TAS is designed as a complementary system to the BlackFish HMS and BMS to meet the requirements of a wider range of missions.”

Other DSIT solutions that will be displayed at Pacific 2019 include the SeaShield Underwater Coastal Surveillance System – a long-range underwater Passive and Active detection system, warning against underwater and above-water targets including submarines, semi-submersible vehicles and surface ships; AquaShield – an advanced Diver Detection Sonar (DDS) system; and PointShield – a portable and/or stationary PDDS for medium-range ship or asset protection.

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