Thales to equip NH90 helicopters with FLASH dipping sonar for the German Navy

Thales announced in a press release that the German Ministry of Defence selected Thales to equip NH90 Multi Role Frigate Helicopter with FLASH SONICS dipping sonar and sonobuoy processing systems.

The new configuration of the NH90 Multi Role Frigate Helicopter variant includes the latest processing technology which offers significant operational improvement. This will be the first helicopter in the world to have the capability to process Thales' new sonobuoy SonoFlash in addition to the FLASH (Folding Light Acoustic System for Helicopters) dipping sonar.

For the first time, the German Navy will rely on Thales to equip its NH90 Multi Role Frigate Helicopter (MRFH) with FLASH SONICS.

The company states that the key benefits of this low-frequency wideband sonar include long-range detection and low false alarm rates in open ocean as well as littoral waters. Associated with an active and passive sonobuoy processing system, FLASH provides an unrivalled anti-submarine warfare capability. The shortest dive cycle time, combined with the latest Thales BlueTracker (SONICS) buoy processing capability, provides unmatched area coverage. This version of the FLASH SONICS includes the latest technology available.

Already ordered or in service today in 18 navies including US Navy, the UK Royal Navy, the French Navy, the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal Norwegian Navy or the Republic Of Korea Navy, FLASH has demonstrated its unrivalled capabilities and reliability at sea in any environment.

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