Thales' Underwater Systems business has disclosed the development of a new combined active/passive sonobuoy intended to meet the French Navy's anti-submarine warfare (ASW) needs.
Known as SONOFLASH, the development and follow-on production of the new A-size buoy is intended to re-establish a sovereign capability in France for sonobuoy supply. Thales also claims that the introduction of the dual-mode SONOFLASH will afford greater flexibility for future multistatic operations, while at the same time allowing the French Navy to standardise on a single buoy type and reduce its overall inventory requirement.
France has in recent years relied on US sources of supply for its sonobuoy stocks.
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