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Sonadyne Demonstrates SENTINEL Diver and UUV Tracking Capabilities

Combined Active and Passive Intruder Detection

At the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) taking place in Newport, RI, this week, Houston-based underwater security specialist Sonardyne will demonstrate its SENTINEL Intrusion Detection Sonar (IDS).

The effectiveness and utility of the SENTINEL combined active and passive detection sonar for vessels and port security will be demonstrated, showing results from recent trials which tested the system against US Navy divers and small unmanned underwater vessels (UUV) made available by the BAE Systems’ UUV team.

Since its introduction, SENTINEL has been used in critical national infrastructure (CNI), vessel and VIP protection duties around the world. Sentinel IDS detects, tracks and classifies a wide range of threats, including divers, swimmer delivery vehicles (SDVs) and UUVs, when approaching a protected asset from any direction. It then alerts security personnel to the threat.

ANTX has become a key naval technology collaboration, development and demonstration event in the US calendar, bringing together more than 1,000 naval, academic and industry attendees at the US Naval Undersea Warfare Center’s (NUWC) Narragansett Bay Test Facility (NBTF) in Newport. The NBTF is a test and evaluation facility designed to support research and development work in advanced underwater weapons and weapons systems, weapon launchers, UUVs and oceanographic equipment.

ANTX is a great event for collaboration. Not only have we had US Navy divers swimming against our Sentinel IDS system, but also BAE Systems put its RIPTIDE vehicle in the water. This let us collect some really good data which we have already used to further improve our SENTINEL algorithms for detecting UUVs […] This year’s theme at ANTX is ‘Prepare for Battle: Undersea Security’ and that’s exactly what we offer. We have the tools for navies, defence and security organisations to do just that. With the ability to detect targets at ranges of up to 1,500m, SENTINEL takes reliable, long-range underwater intruder detection to a new level,” observed Sonardyne’s Technical Sales Manager, US Maritime and Defense, Dan Zatezalo.

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