General Dynamics Canada Awarded Software Engineering and Integration Support Contract by SAAB AB

May 16, 2011 | News Release

OTTAWA, ON, May 16, 2011 - General Dynamics Canada today announced it has been awarded an engineering support contract by SAAB AB for the continued integration of the Hydra multi-sensor sonar system on the Swedish navy's newest Visby-class corvettes. General Dynamics Canada is a premier provider of defence electronic systems and is a leading systems integrator of complete Command, Control, Communication, Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) solutions.

In 1997, the Swedish Defense Material Administration selected General Dynamics as the prime contractor, system designer and integrator of Hydra. Under the new award from SAAB, General Dynamics will continue to provide software system integration for the latest release of the Hydra software suite.

"We are pleased to have been selected by SAAB, Sweden's in-country, in-service support provider, to continue our work on the second phase of this important program for Sweden," said David Ibbetson, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics Canada. "General Dynamics Canada looks forward to continuing our relationship with SAAB and to providing ongoing engineering support and enhancements to the operational capabilities of the Visby class and the Swedish navy."

The Hydra multi-sensor sonar system provides both anti-submarine warfare and mine counter-measure capabilities to the Visby-class corvettes, both in open ocean as well as in the Baltic, which is considered to be among the most acoustically challenging waters in the world. The system integrates multiple subsystems into a single, streamlined architecture that supports variable depth sonar, hull-mounted sonar, towed array sonar, remotely operated sonar, own noise monitoring, sonobuoy receivers, underwater environment monitoring and three-dimensional underwater terrain modeling.

By streamlining sensor data through a single architecture, Hydra provides an integrated view of the underwater warfare space, enabling the Visby-class corvettes to quickly adopt a variety of strategic roles and adapt to changing in-field conditions. With the Hydra system, operators can efficiently manage multiple concurrent functions and transition through customizable user-friendly interfaces to collect and process a variety of tactical and environmental situational awareness intelligence data, enhancing the efficiency and flexibility of the platform.


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