Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Portland has become the first ship to be fitted with Ultra’s next generation Hull Mounted Sonar Type 2150.
This comes as part of a wider refit of the Royal Navy’s frigates.
The sonar has been designed by Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems.
It will replace the legacy Sonar Type 2050 which has been in Royal Navy service since the 1990s.
Mike Williams, Managing Director of Ultra Electronics Command and Sonar Systems, said: “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 onboard footprint,” he added.
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, maximises reliability and extends array maintenance intervals to at least five years.
The sonar will be fitted to eight of the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates.
The company has also developed two smaller and lighter variants of the Type 2150 Hull Mounted Sonar for naval vessels up to 1000 and 2000 tonnes respectively.
With state-of-the-art in-board processing and innovative user displays, this family of sonar systems provides a potent Anti-Submarine Warfare capability for patrol vessels, frigates and other vessels worldwide.