Curtiss-Wright and Geospectrum Technologies to Develop Sonar System for USVs

By Mike Ball / 20 Jan 2016

Curtiss-Wright USV SonarCurtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division has announced that its Indal Technologies business unit is collaborating with GeoSpectrum Technologies, a developer of underwater acoustic systems, to develop a new compact and lightweight sonar system designed for the smaller surface ships and Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) markets.

The TRAPS (Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar) system will deliver a unique, high-performance Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) solution to the undersea warfare marketplace. Based on its reduced size and weight, TRAPS will be the first towed active/passive sonar system to enable smaller navies, such as those operating frigates, corvettes, coastal patrol vessels, and ships of opportunity, to perform effective ASW operations. Unlike towed sonar systems that require heavy and complex launch and recovery equipment, TRAPS is the first reelable towed system that features a vertical active source combined with a high performance passive towed array, all handled “in-line” on a lightweight and easy to use winch system.

“Curtiss-Wright is excited to be working with GeoSpectrum Technologies to develop this innovative new high performance ASW system,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division. “The unprecedented weight and size reduction provided by the TRAPS system demonstrates Curtiss-Wright’s leadership in providing innovative shipboard handling solutions.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact