Upgrades to the Spherion B sonar processing systems in the Anzac class frigates under Sea 1408 Phase 2 are almost complete, reports Lieutenant Gary McHugh in the Navy Daily.
The ‘ship build’ fitted sonar processing system is being replaced with the Broadband Sonar Advanced Processing System (BSAPS), a collaboration between Defence Science and Technology (DST), Saab Australia, BAE Systems and Thales Australia.
The existing Spherion B Hull Mounted Sonar Wet End remains in use.
“The submission was picked up and commercialised by Thales Australia, and showcases Australia’s world class ability to convert science and technology concepts into successful commercial enterprises,” Deputy Director Combat Systems Commander Danielle Radnidge said.
According to the Navy Daily, the upgrade offers significant improvement in sonar passive capability, a greater level of sonar and Combat Management System integration, improved levels of sonar functionality and significant improvements in equipment reliability.
The new sonar system has been integrated with the 9LV Combat Management System.
The technology delivers advanced anti-submarine warfare and torpedo self defence capability to the Anzac class.
The upgrade project management occurred through the Warship Asset Management Agreement Alliance with the Anzac Ships Program Office and Sea 1408 Project Office.