Wave glider runs tiny towed array in search for subs, mines
Meet KraitArray, a miniaturized towed array for use on drones and opvs from the UK.
It is aimed at smaller platforms such as patrol craft and OPVs that are unable to accommodate a full-sized towed array sonar.
Steve Hill, Managing Director clarified:
“It is often physically and operationally impractical for smaller ships to carry a larger diameter towed line array system. KraitArray’s smaller diameter provides effective ASW capability and can be operated from a
conventional ship or unmanned assets. By integrating the sonar capability with SEA’s decoy and torpedo launchers, using common configurable software, ships can be fitted with a complete ASW solution”
The concept, shown in conjunction with a Boeing/Liquid Robotics Wave Glider, can turn a long range, low-cost UUV into a valid ASW tool.