In a press release issued today, Elbit announced that it has been awarded contracts totalling approximately $56 million to provide Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capabilities to the Navy of a country in the Asia-Pacific region. The contracts will be completed over the course of a 12-month period.
Elbit Systems will provide the SeagullTM USVs (Unmanned Surface Vessels) that will be configured to perform ASW missions, as well as the Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) systems, under the terms of the contracts. HELRAS (Helicopter/Ship Long-Range Active Sonars) will be integrated into the Seagull USVs, which will also be equipped with the Company’s autonomous suite, Combat Management System (CMS), and Satellite Communication capability. Submarine and midget submarine detection, tracking, and classification systems are being installed onboard the customer’s corvettes. The TRAPS systems are low-frequency variable-depth sonars that are intended for detection, tracking and classification of submarines, midget submarines, surface vessels, and torpedoes.
Oren Sabag, Co-General Manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR & EW, made the following statement: “Advanced autonomous and sonar capabilities are critical in addressing the expanding challenges in the underwater environment.” We believe that our portfolio of proven maritime capabilities is well-positioned to support the growing operational requirements of naval forces around the world.” he added.
Naval Post comment: Elbit was awarded a contract with an Asia-Pacific country to supply Seagull Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (USVs) with MCM configurations at the beginning of 2021. The deliveries were expected to be completed in 17 months, according to the schedule. Naval Post believes that the USVs will be delivered to an archipelago country, despite the fact that the company did not disclose the country’s name. This is because such USVs are useful in archipelago environments, according to Naval Post. The use of USVs configured for anti-submarine warfare would be an effective asset in the search for adversary submarines and divers.
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