New Dipping Sonar for German Navy NH90 Helicopter 

Thales’ Folding Light Acoustic System for Helicopters (FLASH) dipping sonar and sonobuoy processing systems will improve the anti-submarine warfare capabilities of the German Navy’s NH90 Multi Role Frigate Helicopter By DA Staff / 28 Feb 2022
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Thales will equip the German Navy’s NH90 Multi Role Frigate Helicopter (MRFH) with FLASH SONICS system, the leading dipping sonar on the international market .

The FLASH (Folding Light Acoustic System for Helicopters) dipping sonar product range offers the best solutions to ensure navies’ effectiveness and safety at sea.

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 (ASW) 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.

With more than 500 FLASH-based systems ordered or in service with 18 navies including U.S. Navy, the U.K. Royal Navy, the French Navy, the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal Norwegian Navy and the Republic Of Korea Navy, FLASH has demonstrated its capabilities and reliability at sea in any environment.


“We are proud to have been selected by the German Navy and NHIndustries to equip their NH90 Multi Role Frigate Helicopter with our FLASH SONICS anti-submarine solutions,” said Gwendoline Blandin-Roger, Managing director Underwater systems, Thales. “This is the result of many years of hard work to meet our customers’ requirements and provide them with a trusted solution that meets their needs. The German Navy will receive the most capable variant of FLASH SONICS that Thales has ever delivered, for the best operational service, including the SonoFlash processing.”

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