Advanced FarSounder Sonar Sold to Royal Australian Navy


FarSounder announced today that it has received a contract from the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Hydrographic Office for the purchase of a FarSounder Sonar System. For this project the FS-3DT sonar system will be installed first on a temporary deployment vessel and later on a RAN Survey Motor Vessel for use in obstacle avoidance. These small craft accompany survey vessels which operate in shallow waters and amidst environmentally sensitive and often treacherous reef environments.

Bill Tainsh, FarSounder's representative and Managing Director of Mostyn Enterprises (Technologies) Pty of Sydney Australia, has introduced the FarSounder product line to Australian commercial and government markets.

Used for obstacle avoidance and shallow water navigation, FarSounder FS-3 sonars are capable of generating a complete 3-dimensional image of the sea floor and in-water objects at navigationally significant ranges with a single ping. This new sonar technology revolutionizes marine navigation, especially in shallow areas. They offer visualization of a clear, easy to understand 3D sonar image. The standard user interface software includes automated alarms, BSB chart plotting capabilities, and GPS, compass, and depth sounder display capabilities.

The technology is also appropriate for security and defense applications. The company has recently been selected for a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research Grant (SBIR) for the Department of Homeland Security.

About the RAN Hydro Office: www.hydro.gov.au