Technology of Sonardyne Selected by the USNSWC for Underwater Vehicle Testing Ground

HOUSTON, Texas, the USA (, 18 September 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Sonardyne/The US Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock Division’s SFOMF (South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility).

An underwater target tracking technology of the Houston-based company, Sonardyne Inc., has been selected by the US NSWC (Naval Surface Warfare Center), Carderock Division for use at its SFOMF (South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility), learned

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The Carderock Division of the NSWC is located in Maryland. It is the research, engineering, modelling, and test centre for surface and undersea technologies of the U.S. Navy or “the force behind the fleet” as its motto is. It is the largest, most comprehensive organization of this type in the world. The Division is close to the Gulf Stream, due to which Carderock’s SFOMF ensures an important open ocean test environment for developing subsea systems and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) not only for the U.S. Navy, but also for the maritime industry as a whole.

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Therefore, for the purposes of supporting the above mentioned activities of the Centerk, Carderock Division has ordered the high accuracy Ranger 2 Ultra Short Baseline (USBL) acoustic tracking system of Sonardyne together with a GyroUSBL transceiver, Nano and Wideband Sub-Mini 6 Plus (WSM 6+) transponders as revealed by the company today.

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The Ranger 2 system is intended for accurate tracking of the underwater position of any subsea system or UUV. The system may track systems in shallow and deep water, near the surface and over very long ranges. With the help of Nano and WSM 6+ transponders, vehicles of any size may be accommodated.

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