L-3 Klein Demonstrates its Products at U.S. Hydro Conference

L-3 Klein Associates, Inc. completed a week of important on-water demonstrations at the U.S. Hydro Conference held April 25–28 in Tampa, Fla. L-3 Klein showcased tandem operation of its all-new HydroChart 5000 phase differential bathymetry sonar (PDBS) system and System 3900 search and rescue portable side scan sonar system. This integrated solution was deployed in a wide variety of locations throughout Tampa Bay, providing the sharpest possible views of the seafloor.

L-3’s HydroChart 5000 can be pole- or bow-mounted and features a next-generation PDBS that utilizes advanced interferometric technology to provide IHO special order bathymetry data suitable for charting.

The system readily integrates with a motion reference unit, multiple GPS antennas, sound velocity instrumentation and other sensors for highly accurate positioning in water 50 meters deep or less. In addition, with its standard-equipped, top-of-the-line System 3900 true multi-beam side scan sonar, featuring proprietary 900 kHz ultra high-contrast imaging, the HydroChart 5000 simultaneously collects multi-beam and bathymetry data in real time for unsurpassed seafloor imaging.

While our customers are familiar with older, first-generation interferometry-based systems, they’ve never seen a system like our HydroChart 5000, which provides true chart-quality bathymetry data. This is a capability that only L-3 Klein has been able to consistently demonstrate for special order surveys,” said Timothy Alavosus, director of sales and marketing. “The true multi-beam side scan sonar is a huge bonus, and is also only available from L-3 Klein.”

L-3 Klein, a division of L-3 Marine & Power Systems, is located in Salem, N.H., and is a leading sensor technology provider that manufactures and designs high-resolution sonar systems, marine navigation systems and radar-based security and surveillance systems. With over 40 years of experience, L-3 Klein’s customers include commercial, government and military organizations; shipping and offshore oil companies and related support contractors; maritime facilities; academic institutions; and underwater vehicle manufacturers.

Source: L-3 Klein,May 27, 2011;