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CAPTAS 4 Compact  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): October 2016
Total Production: ?
Origin: France
Corporations: Thales Naval Systems
Parent System: UMS 4200 CAPTAS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Total Production: ?
Family Members: CAPTAS 1, CAPTAS 2 and CAPTAS 4
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Description: The Combined Active and Passive Towed Array Sonar (CAPTAS) is a family of long-range, Low Frequency Active Sonar (LFAS) systems developed by Thales Underwater Systems to support surface ship's anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability. The CAPTAS towed Variable Depth Sonar (VDS) is well suited for detection of modern diesel-powered submarines in the littoral, deep and shallow water environments. Its range of performance levels, defined by the power of acoustic transmission and the gain of the receiver subsystem, enables integration onto a wide range of surface ships such as corvettes, frigates and/or destroyers. CAPTAS family also features a faired tow cable for optimum Towed Body (TB) depth control, COTS processing architecture and port-starboard non ambiguous discrimination on receive array.

The CAPTAS 4 Compact is a smaller version of the CAPTAS 4 towed array sonar especially well suited to provide anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities onboard medium-size frigates. The new sonar system is 20-percent lighter and 50-percent smaller than its parent system making possible to move the sensor package from ship to ship. The CAPTAS 4 Compact modular sonar system has been designed to fit into the new French Navy FTI frigate. Thales introduced the newest towed array sonar at the Euronaval exhibition, Paris, in October 2016.

CAPTAS 4 Compact Applications


Fighting Ships FTI

CAPTAS 4 Compact News

There are 2 news between
18 Oct 2016 and 18 Oct 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016Thales to Provide Electronic Systems for French Navy FTI Frigates
Thales Develops Compact CAPTAS 4 Sonar for French Navy FTI Frigates

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