During the months of October, November and December 2005, Nautronix plc delivered the first full NASNet® system to the UK Defence contract – STARTR. This is a major success for Nautronix and most significantly NASNet®, which has been the object of a significant four year £10m investment programme.
The NASNet® tracking range, which employs Nautronix ADS2 technology, was utilised by the MoD in the acceptance trials of the S & T Final Phase Submarine Tactical Weapons System. The MoD requirement is for a large area acoustic tracking range, re-deployable in water depths of up to 2500msw with highly accurate positioning data available in pseudo real-time to both sub-surface and surface vessels. The deployed range covered an area of 1,000km² using only 31 seabed NASNet® MS-B stations.
The multi-discipline (multi-national) team has successfully delivered, to a very tight schedule, this first truly portable range, of its size, in the world. A key element of this project delivery has been, through the excellent cooperation between the Aberdeen and Fremantle facilities, the Group’s ability to provide a project team capable of seamlessly carrying out both the on and offshore portions of the work.
Nautronix experience of offshore activities embodied within the Aberdeen operations department has played a major part in the smooth deployment of this range. This project clearly proves the company’s ability to provide a turnkey service for the manufacture, deployment and operation of a real game changing positioning system.
Mark Patterson CEO of Nautronix comments, “This deployment, the first of a three year call-off contract, further strengthens our long term strategy to be the global leaders in though water communication and positioning technology and gives our Aberdeen operation a real foundation to grow our Defence business in the UK”.