FarSounder 3D Forward Looking Sonar

FarSounder is the world leader in the manufacture of 3D Forward Looking Sonar (FLS) and Ship Protection Systems. This innovative technology allows mariners the comfort of safe navigation through knowing what lies ahead. The systems are easy to use and integrate and eco-friendly.

FarSounder Inc

FarSounder is the world leader in the manufacture of 3D Forward Looking Sonar (FLS) and Ship Protection Systems. This innovative technology allows mariners the comfort of safe navigation through knowing what lies ahead. The systems are easy to use and integrate and eco-friendly.

Products

FarSounder’s 3D sonar technology is based on solid state, phased array sensors and a suite of sophisticated software applications. A single sensor mounted in the bow offers navigation capabilities, while multiple sensors mounted around the vessel offer both 360° diver detection and forward looking navigation capabilities.

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Navigation Systems

navigation sonar coverage

  • Realtime 3D Forward Looking Sonar
  • 1/2 or 1/4 Nautical Mile Range
  • No Moving Parts

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Ship Protection Systems

sps coverage

  • 360° Diver Detection on Anchor
  • Navigation Sonar while Underway
  • Fixed Installation

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Forward Looking Navigation Sonars

3D FLS

Intuitive 3D Display

FarSounder’s navigation systems are the only products capable of generating a true, 3-dimensional image ahead of a vessel at navigationally significant ranges. We’ve worked hard to develop an easy to understand user interface.

Nothing is more clear than a real-time picture of what is underwater ahead of you. See more examples in our Screen Shots Gallery.

3D FLS

Sonar Over Charts

Situational awareness is key to safe navigation. FarSounder paints a clear picture by displaying 3D forward looking sonar data on top of a nautical chart. Our software includes chart plotting using C-Map vector charts.

Our chart overlay includes the sea floor below and ahead of the vessel as well as objects in the water. Our Local History Mapping™ capability persists the bathymetric history as the vessel transits.

fixed installation

Fixed Installation

No moving parts means easy integration into the hull without complicated maintenance headaches. There is no hydraulic hoist so you don’t need to give up valuable space inside the vessel.

Our installation design is suitable for vessels with or without a bulb on both refit and new-builds. See more examples in our Installation Gallery.

3D FLS

Fast Update Rate

Phased array technology enables FarSounder’s sonars to generate the entire 3D image with a single ping.

Unlike scanning sonars, there is no need to wait for a sweep to complete before displaying the image.

Our Navigation Products

FarSounder-500 FarSounder-1000
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Range/Field of View

Field of View

100m, 200m, 500m x 90°

Field of View

100m, 200m, 500m x 90°
1000m x 60°

Chart Overlay C-MAP C-MAP
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Integration into 3rd Party ECDIS/ECS Wärtsilä SAM ElectronicsTransas, Sperry-Marine
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Operational Speed up to 20 knots up to 25 knots

Ship Protection Systems

diver tracks

Clear Threat Tracking

FarSounder security products see underwater threats regardless of the water’s clarity. Attached to the hull, there is nothing to deploy. When a threat is detected, no time is wasted retrieving the system; allowing you to focus on your next move.

3D FLS

Easy Human Verification

Sophisticated algorithms automatically detect, track and classify possible underwater threats. We’ve also built in easy to use analysis tools to allow quick human verification of the automated alerts. See more examples of the user interface in our Screen Shots Gallery.

3D FLS

Forward Looking Navigation Included

When underway, the bow sensor switches to navigation mode. The Ship Protection System’s 3D forward looking sonar capabilities match the FarSounder-1000.

Only FarSounder’s Ship Protection Systems offer security at anchor and underway with a single integrated system.

The FarSounder Advantage

Some of the advantages of FarSounder’s Ship Protection System over traditional hydraulically deployed systems include:

  • No moving parts: no mechanical moving parts to maintain
  • Nothing protruding below the hull: can be deployed in very shallow water
  • No internal space usage: such as would be with a hydraulic hoist deployed system
  • Instantaneous operation: no time required to lower or raise a system
  • Vessel can get underway immediately once a threat is identified: a hydraulic hoist will have very limited speed capability
  • Same ease of maintenance as the FarSounder navigation systems: transducer can easily be removed by a diver for cleaning or maintenance
  • Includes an added benefit: includes a 3D FLS navigation sonar while underway