In August 2008, Commander Rafael Widow, of the Chilean Navy took delivery of a SeaBat sonar system, which was fitted on the Submarine Tender - Almirante Jose Torino Merino Castro.
Originally designed as a miner and auxiliary vessel, she was refitted and modernized in Sweden in 1997 where she was provided with all the equipment needed to fulfil her new role of Submarine Tender. Now with the addition of the RESON SeaBat sonar system, the "Merino" will take on yet another new task, and change her position in the Navy, to that of a hydrographic role within the South Coastal and Blue Water area in order to determine the extension of the continental platform of Chile.
The re-fit of the Merino included the installation of SeaBat 8160 multibeam sonar and the NaviSound 630DS singlebeam echosounder.
The RESON SeaBat 8160 has a swath coverage greater than 4 x water depth, and can operate to depths of 3000m. It consists of a linear receive and transmit array mounted on a support base, and also benefits from a pitch-stabilized transmitter and an active roll compensated receiver. As it is compatible with other SeaBat sonar heads is can be updated in minutes to accommodate future requirements. The NaviSound 630DS is specifically designed for ocean research, and provides high quality soundings, at depths of up to 6000 meters. The 2kW transmitter, triple channel compatibility, continual data storage and tamper resistant encryption, make it an ideal partner with the SeaBat to offer an unrivalled combination of range, resolution and profitability together with scope and depth of coverage.
At a Factory Acceptance Test in Denmark in June, Commander Rafael Widow commented on the professionalism of the RESON team, and the strength of support that he received from the whole of RESON, and the Project Manager.