C4iSR: Maritime

Spain's SAES reveals automated sonar system designed to detect small surface craft

28 November 2016

Key Points

  • SAES has developed a sonar system focusing on the automated detection, tracking, and classification of small surface craft.
  • The work is derived from the EU-backed CLOSEYE project, with maritime trafficking via small craft being a prominent security issue for Europe.

Spanish underwater electronics specialist SAES (Sociedad Anonima Electrónica Submarina) has developed a new automated sonar system designed to detect small surface craft.

The sonar is based on technology used for anti-submarine warfare (ASW). There is also an increasing requirement within many European navies to focus on tracking small surface craft, given the political attention being paid in Europe to the smuggling of people and materiel by sea.

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