Sonardyne International is expanding its underwater surveillance capabilities with the launch of Sentinel 1500 at the DSEI exhibition in London (Stand S10-197). Since its introduction in January 2009, the Sentinel Intruder Detection Sonar (IDS) has become the world’s best selling underwater surveillance system for reliable detection, tracking and classification of underwater threats to vessels, maritime infrastructure and border surveillance.

The new generation Sentinel 1500 offers increased performance, user flexibility and enhanced integration features. The most significant advancement is the capability to detect, track and classify underwater targets at a range of 1500m from the sonar head, equivalent to a protection zone of over 7km2. As underwater threats increase with the development and availability of new technologies such as Swimmer Delivery and Autonomous underwater vehicles, the new Sentinel 1500 provides users with an increased alert range and sonar operators with access to additional functionality to aid classification.

In addition to increased performance the new system enables the integration of high performance attitude and heading sensors via a new navigational aid interface. The ability to compensate the sonar in dynamic environments dramatically extends the operational envelope of the Sentinel system. Sonardyne works in partnership with system integrators and in-country partners to plan, implement and support the installation and integration of the sonar systems, cabling and associated deployment systems.

Developed as an expeditionary system Sentinel has already demonstrated its ability to outperform much larger and far more complex competing technologies and is now deployed on more than 30 installations worldwide. Since its introduction, the original Sentinel system (re-designated Sentinel 900) has redefined expectations of underwater surveillance sonar. It continues to demonstrate its ability to perform in the most challenging environments and offers unparalleled flexibility in a variety of applications ranging from vessel protection to border surveillance and from defence to protecting VVIPs.

The modular design of Sentinel and its numerous accessories also caters for the increasing demand from end-users for local content and supply, reducing dependence on the manufacturer. With a comprehensive set of sonar options the new Sentinel family provides the optimum underwater surveillance solution for any application.

See Sentinel in action at DSEI. Demonstrations will run daily with divers entering the Royal Victoria Dock next to the exhibition centre and attempting to approach a Sentinel-protected Royal Navy ship undetected. Visit the Sonardyne stand S10-197 or visit the Sonardyne Waterside Security Unit stationed on the quayside alongside the Royal Navy ship to book your place.