ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and Hensoldt Optronics have joined hands for an Integrated Communication and Surveillance (ICS) system for submarines.
Targeted for Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, the ICS is a fully integrated system combining Hensoldt’s Optical Surveillance Optronics Mast OMS150 with ELTA’s SIGINT and SATCOM payloads. The two companies are showcasing the system at the ongoing Euronaval Online.
The development of the system comes in the wake of an emerging trend of submarines performing optical surveillance capability day and night and in all weather conditions, monitor radar and communication transmissions, and intelligence gathering. The resulting intelligence is sent through a secure tactical communication to a remote command.
With submarines now an integral part of the Naval Task Force, navies have started procuring more ISR sensors and high-reliability communication systems. Typically, the sensors and communication systems would have to be installed on multiple masts, but ICS houses all the sensors within a single uniquely engineered mast to minimize the impact on the submarine’s stealth signature.
The ICS performs optical surveillance, radar warning and detection and monitoring of GPS, voice and other communicating transmissions between ships, land or airborne platforms. The data gathered in real time can provide the submarine’s crew vital information regarding the enemy’s exact location and current situation.
“As part of ELTA’s new strategy, we are ramping up our collaborations with global business entities by leveraging our advanced technological experience and know-how accumulated over decades of defense operations,” said Yoav Tourgeman, IAI VP and CEO of ELTA. “This collaboration will bring value to our customers by offering a unique, cost-effective, compact and high-utility solution”.
“Providing a single integrated mast solution will truly satisfy our customers who are searching to enhance their submarines’ capabilities while being sensitive to the limited amount of space available and retaining a high degree of stealthiness,” said Harald Hansen, Director Sales Hensoldt Optronics Maritime.
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