The demonstration capped an intensive period of trials and integration during which Sonardyne worked in close co-operation with NUWC's Integrated Swimmer Defence project team. In addition to the preparations for the VIP day, the team achieved several notable firsts including the successful operation of a unique multi-head sonar. Two Sentinel sonars were positioned in close proximity operating simultaneously to provide wide area protection against an underwater threat. The exercise demonstrated the Sentinel system's ability to integrate up to 10 heads with no interference or detrimental effect on performance.
Sentinel head prior to deployment
The Sentinel system was selected for the Integrated Swimmer Defence program after a long and intensive evaluation period. Its performance and compact physical characteristics make it ideal for both rapid deployment and permanent installations.
Jim Pollock, NUWC director said; "Sonardyne has demonstrated a real commitment to the success of the program and worked closely with both the government team and other key partners to complete the system integration in a very tight schedule. The system performance has met our expectations"
The Sentinel system is an innovative approach to the defence of strategic assets from underwater intrusion, sabotage, smuggling and attack. This includes any installation with a waterside perimeter, offshore energy infrastructure, ports and harbours, shipping and personal protection. Designed to operate within demanding environmental standards, the Sentinel sonar is a compact, lightweight, simple to operate platform that can be installed autonomously or integrated into a wider command and control system to provide total domain awareness.