Portchester, England, March 26, 2019 – L3 Technologies announced today that together with Sonardyne International Ltd. it will offer 6G-enabled capability across its commercial autonomous vessel product range.
L3’s C-Stat 2 and C-Cat 3 autonomous vessels will be offered factory-fitted with Sonardyne’s 6G range of Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) tracking and communications systems. These unique platforms and sensor combinations have been proven to deliver optimised solutions for data gathering and subsea positioning tasks during inshore and offshore operational scenarios.
The C-Stat 2, equipped with Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 Gyro USBL model, is designed for operators needing to position underwater assets with high levels of precision. The platform will enable a range of tasks, such as touchdown monitoring, seismic cable lay operations, Compatt 6 Long BaseLine (LBL) array box-in and remote LBL baseline calibration, vehicle tracking and subsea sensor data collecting.
The C-Cat 3, equipped with Mini-Ranger 2, will be able to operate as a gateway for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) operations, enabling tracking and communications with up to 10 AUVs at the same time.
“Combining our unrivalled autonomous vessel technology with Sonardyne’s industry-standard communication and positioning systems will enable us to provide end users with a fully integrated solution,” said James Cowles, Commercial Technical Sales Manager, L3 UK. “Factory fitting Sonardyne 6G also adds value to our existing solutions, making the transition from conventional manned survey platforms to autonomy a much smoother process for companies looking to gain the competitive edge with lower costs and safer data acquisition.”
“L3 and Sonardyne have a long history of successfully working together to deliver on cutting-edge technical programmes. Now L3’s customers will be able to access Sonardyne’s versatile 6G acoustic positioning, communication and sensing technology on proven commercial autonomous vessel platforms,” said Ioseba Tena, Global Business Manager – Marine Robotic Systems, Sonardyne. “Combining these capabilities means customers have access to vessels that can perform more remote and autonomous marine operations; including tracking multiple AUVs and real-time data harvesting in hard to access environments across defence, offshore and ocean science sectors.”
About L3 Technologies
L3 Communications & Networked Systems is composed of three diverse business sectors: Broadband Communications, Integrated Maritime Systems, and Communications & Microwave Products. The business provides world-class expertise in connecting space, airborne, ground and sea-based platforms with secure, real-time data. L3 is an industry leader in developing and fielding advanced solutions for military, commercial and research customers. To learn more, please visit www.L3T.com/business-segments/communications-networked-systems.
Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) is a newly formed division within the Integrated Maritime Systems sector, consisting of the former Adaptive Methods, OceanServer, Open Water Power and ASV businesses.
With headquarters in New York City and approximately 31,000 employees worldwide, L3 develops advanced defense technologies and commercial solutions in pilot training, aviation security, night vision and EO/IR, weapons, maritime systems and space. The company reported 2018 sales of $10.2 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com.
Sonardyne International Ltd is recognised as a world leader in the design and manufacture of underwater acoustic positioning, inertial navigation, wireless communications and sonar technology systems for the offshore oil and gas, ocean scientific and maritime security industries. Follow Sonardyne on twitter: @sonardyne
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