The ongoing IMDEX sees DSIT Solutions Ltd., a subsidiary of Rafael Advance Defense Systems Ltd make the Asian debut of its new Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) kit for Off Shore Patrol Vessels (OPVs).
In addition to this new offering, the company is showcasing its POINTSHIELD Portable Diver Detection Sonar (PDDS), SEA SHIELD Underwater Coastal Surveillance System and Portable Acoustic Range (PAR) products.
Speaking to Daily News, company officials said that the new ASW kit is available for OPV’s that are 100 tonne and above and the light weight system offers a significant ASW capability to such once vessels, once installation is completed. The package includes the installation of a Mission Control Station, Variable Depth Sonar (VDS) , Torpedo Detection System (TDS) and Blackfish Hull Mounted Sonar. In future the company intends to offer its own sonar.
As the number of vessels to be procured by navies are dwindling due to budget pressures, the number of expensive Frigates being purchased has reduced.
“If a country decides on our ASWKIT for their OPV’s, their larger Frigates can be sent out to the open sea, as the ASW tasks closer to the harbour can be tackled by OPVs, fitted with our ASWKIT, hence increasing the ASW capability at a reduced cost,” a company official tells Daily News.
A unique feature of the product, is that the ASW mission can also be performed from mission console installed on land, allowing higher levels of training in peacetime, as the operators do not need to be out at sea.