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Also Known As: TB-29/BQ, TB-29A and TB-29BQ
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System: TB-29
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Description: TB-29 is a state-of-the-art submarine towed sonar array developed to operate in conjunction with the AN/BQQ-5(E) sonar system and the AN/BSY-1 and BSY-2 submarine combat systems. It is longer than its predecessors and thus provides superior detection, classification and localization capabilities. The primary users for the TB-29 towed sonar systems are the US Navy's nuclear attack submarine fleet. The US Navy plans call for the TB-29 sonar array to be deployed aboard Los Angeles, Seawolf and Virginia-class submarines.

The TB-29A is a variant featuring half production cost than the TB-29 model thanks to extensive utilization of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technology. The US Navy awarded TB-29A contract for development and production of up to 11 systems in December 1998. The first TB-29A sonar array was handed over to the US Navy in November 2001 and the fist phase of technical evaluation aboard a Los Angeles-class submarine completed in March 2002.

TB-29 Applications

Fighting Ships Los Angeles Flight II SSN 21 Seawolf SSN 23 Jimmy Carter SSN 774 Virginia Virginia Block II Virginia Block III Virginia Block IV

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