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Patria to deliver acoustic minesweeping system to Netherlands and Belgian Navies


According to a press release published by Patria on September 14, 2021, the firm has been awarded a contract for the delivery of Patria Sonac ACS Acoustic Minesweeping Systems to the Belgian and Royal Netherlands navies by Belgium Naval & Robotics, the consortium made up of ECA GROUP and Naval Group. The systems will be part of a fully integrated hardware and software minesweeping system developed by ECA GROUP.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Artist rendering of Sonac ACS Acoustic Minesweeping Systems (Picture source Patria)


Patria has been awarded a contract for the delivery of Patria Sonac ACS Acoustic Minesweeping Systems to the Belgian and Royal Netherlands navies by Belgium Naval & Robotics, the consortium made up of ECA GROUP and Naval Group. The systems will be part of a fully integrated hardware and software minesweeping system developed by ECA GROUP.

Following earlier successes, this contract reinforces Patria's strategic efforts to become one of the leading providers of Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MMCM) solutions and services. The new delivery contract further improves the company's competitiveness and position in the global MMCM market and represents an important step in Patria's new growth strategy.

Patria Sonac ACS fully supports Mine Setting, Target Simulation, as well as Mine Jamming modes of operation. The sweep is capable of accurately reproducing true pre-recorded or synthesized underwater or surface target acoustic signatures, which is critical against modern intelligent sea mines. Patria Sonac ACS supports standalone operation but can also be integrated as part of any multi-influence minesweeping system.

For enhanced TSM-operations, multiple acoustic gear sweep trains are preferred. For this purpose, there are two different sized ACS gears available: larger sweep for all acoustic bands and smaller sweep with no low-frequency transmitter and a reduced number of medium frequency transmitters.

An MSM mission can also be made with the smaller sweep alone. The spatial distance creates a realistic and long ship-like acoustic influence on the bottom.