Royal New Zealand Navy adds FarSounder sonar technology

Marine-electronics manufacturer FarSounder has announced that its flagship forward-looking sonar, FarSounder-1000, will be installed aboard the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) future fleet-replenishment tanker, HMNZS Aotearoa (A12).

The U.S. company’s longest-range sonar will provide the tanker with real-time 3D data on what’s ahead as it navigates the seas on operations, giving the vessel’s crew an increased level of safety and security.

HMNZS Aotearoa is a Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) Vessel that is bound for use by the New Zealand Defence Force under its maritime arm, the RNZN. The new naval tanker will be replacing HMNZS Endeavour, a veteran ship in the RNZN scheduled for decommissioning in the near future.

Aotearoa will be equipped with ice-strengthened and winterised steel for a full-range of defence operations in Antarctica, and in disaster zones with dangerous debris and changing seafloors, where FarSounder’s sonar will be a key addition to the 24,000-metric-ton vessel.

FarSounder’s South Korean dealer, Oceantech Co., is the facilitator for this project and is responsible for delivering the FarSounder-1000 for installation. The vessel’s expected delivery date to its homeport in New Plymouth is January 2020, with operations set to commence in March 2021.

For more information, visit FarSounder.

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