USA: L-3 Klein Introduces New HydroScan Side Scan Sonar

L-3 Klein Associates, Inc. has introduced a new lightweight, rapidly deployable side scan sonar (SSS) for search and recovery (SAR) applications.

The state-of-the-art HydroScan® implements advanced  technologies not previously available in side scan sonars, resulting in a highly compact profile that delivers much higher quality imaging and range performance than other small SAR SSS systems.

From nose to tail, L-3 Klein’s HydroScan was specifically designed to anticipate the needs of today’s SAR and related applications. The system utilizes proprietary dual-frequency (455 and 900 kHz) wideband FM Chirp sonar to provide high-resolution imaging, outstanding contrast ratios, and under certain conditions, as much as double the range of competitive lightweight systems in disaster, emergency and first responder surveys. The HydroScan is rated to a full 100-meter depth and is designed with rugged components that are built to last. In addition, the new design features an easy-to-access tow cable connection and a well-placed handle for effortless transport.

“During L-3 Klein’s extensive performance and reliability testing, using typical tow speeds of 4-6 knots, our new HydroScan system consistently captured very high-resolution imagery over 80 meters per side using 900 kHz, and also over 175 meters at 455 kHz,” said John Cotumaccio, general manager of L-3 Klein.

“That’s more than a 50 percent improvement over anything available in the marketplace today. We are very pleased to offer such an outstanding performance capability on a lightweight and rapidly deployable platform.”

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.

Subsea World News Staff , February 23, 2012;  Image: L-3 Klein