Romanian Navy getting anti-submarine capability

June 17, 2013 at 1:33 PM

PARIS, June 17 (UPI) -- The Romanian Navy is to receive 'A decisive"anti-submarine capability with Thales sonobuoy processors fitted aboard its fleet of Puma helicopters.

"The processors will give the Romanian Navy a decisive anti-submarine warfare capability to detect submarines in the Black Sea, in particular as part of NATO missions," said Thales, which received the contract for its system from IAR Brasov, a Romanian helicopter manufacturer.

Thales is supplying its easy-to-install TMS 2000 processors for the contract. The TMS 2000 is used by British, Swedish, Norwegian and French anti-submarine helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

"Sonobuoys are released over the sea ... and send acoustic data to the processor via a VHF link," Thales said. "The VHF receiver on the aircraft receives and processes the data in real time."

The company did not release details as to the number of units to be delivered, their delivery schedule or the value of the contract from IAR Brasov.

The contract announcement was made Monday at the Paris Air Show.

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