L-3 Klein Introduces UUV 3500 Next-Generation Side Scan Sonar System

SALEM, N.H., March 2, 2011 — L-3 Klein Associates, Inc. announced today the debut of its UUV 3500 high-resolution side scan sonar for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs). The UUV 3500 was developed as a side scan sonar with the unprecedented benefit of an advanced bathymetry payload for the growing Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) and UUV markets.
L-3’s UUV 3500 product line leverages powerful, state-of-the-art multi-channel processing electronics, offering both photo-quality side scan imagery and swath bathymetry that together exceed the performance of standard multi-beam echo sounders. In addition, the new system utilizes L-3 Klein’s proprietary wideband technology for unmatched range and resolution while operating at lower power to deliver superior capability at a highly affordable price.
“With projections for UUVs continuing to increase, particularly for small man-portable systems, the need for mobile, high-quality, low power consumption side scan sonar payloads is on the rise,” said John Cotumaccio, president of L-3 Klein. “AUV technology has moved out of the science project stage into mainstream production, and professional users are demanding better resolution, longer range and more reliable side scan sonar systems for their vehicles. The Klein UUV 3500 answers all of these needs, and more.”
L-3 Klein, a division of L-3 Marine & Power Systems, is located in Salem, N.H., and is a leading sensor technology provider that manufactures and designs high-resolution sonar systems, marine navigation systems and radar-based security and surveillance systems. With over 40 years of experience, Klein’s customers include commercial, government and military organizations; shipping and offshore oil companies and related support contractors; maritime facilities; academic institutions; and underwater vehicle manufacturers. To learn more, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com/Klein
Comprised of more than 20 operating companies, L-3 Marine & Power Systems (L-3 M&PS) is a worldwide leader in maritime automation and control, navigation, communications, dynamic positioning, and power distribution and conditioning for the U.S. Navy, allied foreign navies and commercial customers worldwide. With over 94 locations in 20 countries, L-3 M&PS is a cohesive, global partner with extensive capabilities and a proven track record in delivering the highest level of technology, service and integration. To learn more about L-3 Marine & Power Systems, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com/MPS
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs approximately 63,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2010 sales of $15.7 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com

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By Professional Mariner Staff