Lynx helos getting new Thales sonars

Feb. 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM

BANGALORE, India, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Compact dipping sonars by Thales of France are to be fitted on AgustaWestland's multi-role Lynx helicopters.

The latest sonar, which will be supplied to AgustaWestland under the contract, is part of Thales' Flash product range. The Flash Compact features an optimized, lightweight architecture and a fully electric reeling machine for deployment of high-performance sonar system for anti-submarine warfare missions.

" We are very proud that AgustaWestland has chosen us as the supplier for their Lynx helicopters, further consolidating a partnership that dates back more than 10 years on the NH90 program," said Benoit Plantier, managing director of Thales Underwater Systems. "This contract confirms Thales's expertise in ant-submarine warfare and also marks the first success for our new FLASH Compact sonar."

A number of counties use the larger Flash dipping sonars, including the United States, Britain, France, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates.

The value of the contract, which was announced at the Aero India exhibition, wasn't disclosed.

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