Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Thales and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) have signed a contract for the delivery of High Frequency Synthetic Aperture Sonar (HFSAS) SAMDIS to equip MHI’s OZZ-5 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV), enabling Thales to contribute to Japan’s national security by introducing combat proven technology to a domestic manufacturer.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) relies on Thales and MHI to equip itself with the latest generation high-resolution synthetic aperture sonar that provides a high level of classification. The choice of Thales technologies, which have been extensively proven in service with navies around the world, provides the highest levels of protection available today.

New Circumstances

In a changing international context, countries are strengthening the protection of their maritime approaches while at the same time, it is essential to limit human exposure to mines. With 50 years of expertise serving navies around the world, Thales develops technologies that enable the transition from conventional solutions, such as mine-hunters, to UAV-based solutions.

Through this agreement, HFSAS will be deployed in MHI’s OZZ-5 UUV. With the combination of the Thales HFSAS with Japanese Low Frequency Synthetic Aperture Sonar (LFSAS) technology, the sonars will allow operators to detect suspected mines regardless of the varied or unvaried conditions, accommodating today’s increasing demand for Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MCMM). Thales HFSAS provides an Automatic Detection and Classification (AuDC) function, which relieves operators’ load to process the collected data.

This contract agreement is the starting point of a long-term programme with the JMSDF as end-user and potentially opens the door to export markets. The continuous and successful collaboration between Thales and MHI in Japan has been, once again, strengthened by the order of SAMDIS HFSAS to equip MHI’s OZZ-5 UUV. Working together with Thales, MHI is aiming to enter new markets in the form of Japan’s allies, by offering high-end technology to the most powerful navies. Thales’ anti-submarine warfare and maritime safety & security systems are currently in service with more than 50 navies.

Jack Richardson