U.S. Navy Selects SensorCom and SKY Computers to Upgrade Sonar Systems for Frigates

1/20/2003 - SKY ComputersTM Inc., a subsidiary of Analogic Corporation (NASDAQ-ALOG), and SensorCom, Inc. of Baltimore, MD, a SKY integrator, have won the contract to upgrade the shallow water sonar system of the Oliver Hazard Perry Class of U.S. Navy Frigates. For the AN/SQS-56 (Kingfisher), Shallow Water Active Kit (SWAK) program, the U.S. Navy Fleet Technical Support Services will upgrade the Dual Merlin shallow water sonar systems for the fleet of 15 Frigates stationed around the world over the next 12 to 24 months.

According to SensorCom President, Ash Law, the Navy had two choices. “The first was to completely rebuild and reinstall the sonar system using the SensorCom/SKY solution; or or secondly to continue to maintain the old Raytheon system,” said Law. “After reviewing the technology and cost of each alternative, the decision was clear. The SensorCom/SKY solution offers an integrated lifecycle support program and easy technology insertion/upgrade path that should cover the next 15 years that the Frigates will remain commissioned.”

The mission of the Frigates is to protect shipping areas as anti-submarine warfare ships. As such they are frequently in shallow water areas and were most recently deployed in the Persian Gulf. Due to the anomalies of the sea floor, traffic, and noise found in shallow water, these sonar systems require more complex algorithms and computing power than deep water sonar systems. The sonar systems are being upgraded as part of the U.S. Navy initiative to improve security of U.S. harbors and international combat areas.

“The SensorCom/SKY program will provide a significant savings for the U.S. Navy while allowing the Navy to take advantage of the latest technological advances in sonar capabilities,” said Ed Hennessy, vice president of worldwide sales, marketing and business development for SKY Computers. “We look forward to working with SensorCom to deploy these systems across the Frigate fleet.”

The SKY/SensorCom system used in the upgrade will replace the original Mercury Computer Systems with two 6U VME SKYbolt® boards to deliver more than 20 GFLOPS of processing power. The original sonar system built by Raytheon in the mid-1990’s included I/O links from both SKY and Mercury . SensorCom was able to easily take the data generated from the original SKYburst I/O link and migrate it to today’s generation of compute modules without rewriting the extensive code.

About SensorCom
SensorCom, Inc. specializes in full application support and system integration for prime and secondary contractors, government agencies, and labs.

About SKY Computers
SKY Computers, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Analogic Corporation, is a leading supplier of embedded high performance computer systems. SKY’s commercial-off-the-shelf products meet the embedded computing requirements for subsurface, surface, airborne, and space applications. Advanced technologies are combined with an open system architecture to provide solutions for demanding government electronics, industrial inspection, medical imaging, and security applications.

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