Royal Australian Navy to Upgrade Paluma Class Vessels with FarSounder Sonars

FarSounder, Inc. has been awarded a contract to provide four complete FarSounder-1000 systems plus spare parts for the upgrade of four Paluma class hydrographic Survey Motor Launches operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Seismic Asia Pacific Pty. Ltd. of Salisbury, Australia will be responsible for the purchase of the equipment and assist with the systems integration. Seismic Asia Pacific is the FarSounder dealer for this project with BAE Systems as the prime contractor.

The 360 metric ton Survey Motor Launches, HMA Ships PALUMA (IV), MERMAID, SHEPPARTON (II) and BENALLA (II), were designed for operations in the shallow waters of northern Australia. Each Survey Motor Launch carries the latest in survey and computerized hydrographic data processing equipment and is fitted with the latest navigation aids. Their twin hulls provide good stability in heavy conditions, along with good living room and space below the main deck.

“The FarSounder team is proud to be a part of this upgrade program for the RAN fleet,” Matthew Zimmerman, Vice President of Engineering at FarSounder, stated. “We appreciate our inclusion and that our products are recognized for the benefit they bring to this class of vessels.”

Seismic Asia Pacific is a leading provider of Hydrographic, Oceanographic and Geophysical systems within Australia and throughout South East Asia and the Pacific Rim. "Including FarSounder's advanced sonar systems in SAP's portfolio of maritime equipment offers our customers the latest in innovative technologies,” said Paul Duncan, Managing Director of Seismic Asia Pacific Pty Ltd Australia.

About FarSounder

FarSounder, Inc. is a U.S. based high technology marine electronics manufacturer specializing in underwater acoustics. With unique patented technology, the company has a global customer base of commercial, government, and private sector users. The company is the recognized leader in real time 3D sonar systems and has been selling its flagship navigation and obstacle avoidance systems since 2004.

FarSounder's product line also includes its FS-SPS Ship Protection System, which followed years of both IR&D and U.S. government funded research. The 2015 Tibbetts Award winning FarSounder Ship Protection System is for those owner/operators who demand the best solutions for assuring the safety of their passengers and crew. The system provides detection, classification and alarms of underwater threats. Portside, platform, and shore based systems are also available for waterfront security.

About Seismic Asia Pacific Pty Ltd (SAP)

Established in 1959, Seismic Asia Pacific Pty Ltd is based in Salisbury, Queensland, Australia, and is a leading provider of Hydrographic, Oceanographic and Geophysical systems within Australia and throughout South East Asia and the Pacific Rim. They are a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitcham Industries, Inc. which is the largest independent lessor of seismic equipment in the world, providing seismic equipment to the oil and gas industry on a world-wide basis.