Ultra’s next generation Hull Mounted Sonar Type 2150 has been installed on the Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Portland. The British warship is the first to receive the new sonar, which will be installed on other warships as part of a wider refit to the Royal Navy’s frigates.
Eight Royal Navy Type 23 frigates will be fitted with the Hull Mounted Sonar Type 2150.
Ultra will also supply this sonar to the first three Royal Navy Type 26 frigates currently under construction.
“Reaching this significant milestone has been key for Ultra. With a number of significant changes from the Sonar 2050 system it replaces, the project team has designed and developed a system that simplifies user operability and significantly reduces life cycle costs and in board footprint. They have truly excelled themselves,” said Mike Williams, MD of Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems.
The new sonar incorporates a state of the art User Interface to improve operator effectiveness and usability. The digital control of the outboard array minimises interference, reduces ships cabling, maximises reliability and extends array maintenance intervals to at least 5 years.
Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems has designed the Hull Mounted Sonar Type 2150 to replace the legacy Sonar Type 2050, which has been in Royal Navy service since the 1990s.
Ultra has also developed two smaller and lighter weight variants of the Type 2150 Hull Mount Sonar for naval vessels up to 1,000 tonnes and 2,000 tonnes respectively.
This family of sonar systems provides a potent Anti-Submarine Warfare capability for patrol vessels, frigates and other vessels and are fitted with state-of-the art in-board processing and innovative user displays
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