SAES has showcased two of its systems at Expo Naval 2022: the SPAS (Sonobuoys Acoustic Processor System) that are installed on board C-295 aircrafts since 2010, and the MIRS (Multi-Influence Signature Measurement for ships and submarines). The Chilean naval show is celebrated every two years since 1998 and it has been consolidated as an encounter in Latin America for the international defence industry.
The 12 International Naval Exhibition and Congress for Latin America took place from the 29th November to the 2nd December in Valaparaíso (Chile). Navy representatives from 35 countries attended the show, along with 160 exhibitor companies, leaders on technology solutions for the naval and defence industries.
SAES presented its latest generation of SPAS (Sonobuoys Acoustic Processor System) and MIRS (Multi-Influence Signature Measurement for ships and submarines), among its solutions for Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) for detecting, locating and tracking underwater threats from aerial platforms.
SAES has vast experience developing these systems for international Navies such as those of Chile, Brazil or Sweden. Chile is a key country for SAES, as they have SAES SPAS system installed in their C-295 aircrafts since 2010.
Sonobuoys acoustic processor systems
Together with the SPAS system, the DISOUROS (Integrated ASW Solution for Dipping Sonar and Sonobuoys) are both ASW solutions in the international market lead, and are developed by SAES for warships, maritime patrol aircrafts, ASW helicopters and RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems).
SPAS is a solution for ASW aircrafts. An acoustic system integrated with the Tactical Mission System that allows detecting, locating and tracking submarines and ships by the acoustic signal measurement done by the sonobuoys deployed.
SPAS system is operational in different countries and different platforms such as the P-3B Orión and the C-295 aircrafts, and the SH-60B LAMPS and the A-109 helicopters.
The SPAS system also allows RPAS act as an advanced measurement station for the early warning of submarine contact.
The DISOURUS system incorporates the interoperability between the different ASW platforms involved, which allows to have a common operational picture with all the tactical information.
Underwater Signature Measurement
The MIRS system is a portable signature measurement station that receives the full signature (acoustic, magnetic and electrical) of any surface ship or submarine. It can be also used as a discreet device to gather intelligence information of the underwater signature or as a tool to verify the levels of the ship signature before an ASW mission.
SAES is participating in one of the greatest Defence exhibitions in South-East Asia: Indo Defence 2022, which takes place from 2nd to 5th November in Jakarta. SAES presents its latest systems in underwater security, measurement and protection at the show, and will host a conference on smart naval mines.
SAES is taking part in the Indo Defence international exhibition in Jakarta from 2nd to 5th November, organised by the Indonesia Ministry of Defence, with the participation of 59 countries.
Además, la compañía está manteniendo reuniones B2B con diversas A mockup of SAES smart naval mine, MINEA, is being showcased at the SAES booth, where B2B meetings are being held with companies and delegations of South-East Asian countries. Most of the interest is shown in SAES solutions on maritime security, underwater measurements as well as surveillance and protection of ports and critical infrastructures at sea.
The programme of events at Indo Defence includes a conference by SAES on the 4th November at 11 AM with an overall introduction of the company, followed by a more in-depth presentation of the MINEA smart naval mines.
SAES is developing its products focusing on a constant innovation process in order to face the new trends and challenges in naval war. SAES naval mines can be activated by magnetic, electric or acoustic influences, thus improving its efficiency to protect and control strategic areas, straits, channels and other maritime zones.
Memorandum of Understanding with Indonesian companies
SAES has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with two Indonesian companies, to join for common synergies within the country in the field of maritime security.
The MOU signature has been formalised in presence of the Indonesian Defence Minister, Prabowo Subianto, and the Spanish Ambassador to the Indonesian Republic, Francisco Aguilera Aranda.
SAES takes part together with Navantia in the 8th edition of Navalia (24-26 May 2022), one of the main shipbuilding and maritime sector exhibitions in Southern Europe. SAES, specialised in underwater acoustics, is showing its underwater measurement systems for the civil sector.
Navalia, the International Shipbuilding Exhibition, brings together every two years the most relevant governmental institutions for the sector and for national and international trading. More than 14 years of work and 7 editions of the show later, Navalia has become the most important naval exhibition in Spain and one of the top three in Southern Europe. It is also a global event accommodating every sector of this industry: shipyards, ship operators, naval engineering, equipment manufacturers and suppliers.
SAES has more than 30 years of naval industry experience and it provides high-tec solutions for both the military and civil sectors, including defence and security of critical infrastructures.
At Navalia 2022 SAES is showing its products on underwater signature measurement and analysis, such as the SDH (Smart Digital Hydrophone) or the MIRS (portable multi-influence signature measurement system for ships and submarines) which simultaneously provides real measurements of the following influences: magnetic, electric, pressure, acoustic, and seismic.
As well as underwater measurement systems, SAES also provides engineering services such as the control of acoustic, magnetic and electric signatures of vessels, applying its wide experience on military ships to the maritime civil and naval industry. These services include studies on the initial stages of ship designing, the monitoring of signatures during the whole manufacturing process (in close collaboration with the shipyard), as well as the final measurement of the vessel radiated noise once the ship is out of the shipyard.
These solutions are applied for scientific and environmental studies, as well as to verify the levels of underwater noise (acoustic, magnetic, and electric) caused by maritime traffic, offshore construction activities, oil and gas extraction platforms and offshore wind farms, among others, as well as any installation or activity that may introduce energy into the marine environment.
Underwater protection of critical infrastructures
In the field of security, SAES provides systems for underwater protection of critical infrastructures such as ports, offshore installations, fish farming (aquaculture), etc. For instance, systems such as SAES diver detection sonar system (DDS-03, available to see at Navalia), allows the protection of infrastructures from underwater threats (divers, submarine vehicles, etc.).
SAES underwater deterrent system (called DES) complements the system SAES underwater deterrent system (called DES) complements the system allowing action against intruder divers by sending audible messages to alert them. Both systems (DDS-03 and DES) can be permanently installed at the dock, from anchoring vessels or even from surveillance vehicles (including unmanned vehicles USV/UUV) in order to broaden its range of application.
Besides its solutions based on active sonars, SAES can also apply its know-how on acoustic, electric, and magnetic sensors to offer a complete and integrated underwater protection to any infrastructure that may require it.
Cristina Abad, SAES General Manager, took part in the round table scheduled for the II Course on Defence and Strategic Studies of the International University of Andalusia (UNIA): “Towards the Spanish Armed Forces of the XXI century”. The aim of this event was to highlight the political, social and economic importance of investing in the Defence sector.
SAES General Manager, Cristina Abad, participated last 6th October in the round table on the economic, industrial and social impact of the defence sector in Andalusia, scheduled within the II Course on Defence and Strategic Studies. The theme of the round table was ‘Towards the Spanish Armed Forces of the XXI century,’ and it was organised by the International University of Andalusia (UNIA).
According to Cristina Abad, “it is important to know the contribution to society of companies in the defence sector such as SAES, which is a public company that generates employment and develops high technology in Andalusia and the region of Murcia.”
Some other participants in the round table were: Cristóbal Sánchez, Secretary of the Junta de Andalucía for Industry; Christian Villanueva, Editor of “Ejércitos” magazine; and Maite Sampalo, Economic and Planning Manager of the Bahía de Cádiz for Navantia.
Guillem Colom, professor at Pablo de Olavide University (UPO), directed the Summer course ‘Towards the Spanish Armed Forces of the XXI century’, which took place 5th-6th October, in both onsite and online formats. The objective was to discuss the political, social and economic importance of investing in the defence sector and how relevant is to having a modern, balanced, viable and sustainable army.
This training, in which he collaborates with the Secretary General for Defence Policy (Ministry of Defence), aims to learn about the main strategic-military trends and their potential impact on the Spanish defence sector, as well as to analyse the activities that are being carried out to adapt the Spanish Armed Forces to the future operating environment; and also to understand the national defence planning process, its main conditioning factors, as well as its financing and support.
SAES presents its ASW solutions for RPAS and underwater sensors for USV and UUV at the Spanish drone fair.
For UAVs, SAES, which participates in UNVEX 2021 as a co-exhibitor with Navantia, supplies state-of-the-art ASW solutions based on sonobuoys, which enable RPAS as an advanced station for submarine early warning, as well as high-technology underwater sensors and improved signal processing for USV (Unmanned Surface Vehicle) and UUV (Unmanned Underwater Vehicles).
In this sense, SAES has shown two presentations at the Navantia-SAES stand. The first one about its ASW solutions for RPAS, which took place on July 7 at 1:00 p.m., by Ignacio Gutiérrez, Head of ASW Line of Business, entitled “ROASW: ASW System for operation with RPAS”.
On March 2014 SAES attended the III Congress on unmanned vehicles UNVEX’2014 in Madrid. On that occasion, the conference by Ignacio Gutiérrez, entitled “Industry Solutions II”, already indicated that the new ASW missions were going to require the use of UAVs as a distant and elevated platform without a dedicated operator.
In the second presentation, entitled “Submarine sensors in UUV and USV”, on July 8 at 11 am, Eduardo Ruiz Pérez, Sales and Business Development Manager for Civil, Security & UxVs, explained that the sensors will have a great relevance in the evolution of aspects such as autonomy of the UUV, where a technological leap is foreseen, of “strategic importance” for defence and industry.
In the field of unmanned underwater vehicles, SAES presented in December 2020, together with Navantia, the ACASUB proposal, within the Ports 4.0 initiative, to provide submarine capabilities to the USV Vendaval from Navantia, in service at the port of Ceuta. Apart from incorporating its real-time monitoring, the estimation of the noise source, object detection and the sending of acoustic signals to divers in the protection area are under development.
SAES also collaborated in the Ocean Master project to develop a vehicle with a dual function, underwater and surface, adaptable to different platforms. In this initiative, which ended a year ago, SAES worked on the payload, integrating a side scan sonar, acoustic communications and its sonar for the detection of divers.
The Board of Directors of SAES, holded the 5th of March, has agreed on the CEO’s cessation and on the current president, D. Alfredo Gordo Álvarez, taking over the managing functions of the company.
OCEAN MASTER has been developed by the consortium formed by ELINCO, AISTER, GHENOVA, AID and SAES. It is designed to be adapted to all types of naval platforms by an own deployment and transport system.
The “Ocean Master” project has been a finalist in the category “Outstanding maritime engineering project”. In this category the following criteria are taken into account: innovative construction, design and materials, improvements and benefits originated, as well as the value for both the society and the maritime industry. Navantia also has participated as an observer of the project as interested in the results and technology.
The awards will be given on February 12 in Bilbao, during the World Maritime Week, in which SAES is an exhibitor. Main managers and personalities of the sector (ship owners, shipyards, institutions, associations, auxiliary industry, etc.) will attend to the awards ceremony. In addition, the event has support of Navalia, Sinaval, Cepesca, Spanish Maritime Cluster, Association of Naval and Oceanic Engineers of Spain and Anave.
OCEAN MASTER project (Multi-purpose Autonomous Vehicle for different environments and roles).
The OCEAN MASTER project is focused on the development of a multi-mission unmanned vehicle. It has modular configuration and capacity to carry out missions in highly complex and demanding environments. This vehicle is conceived to be adapted to all kind of naval platforms by means an own deployment-and-transport system.
SAES’ participation in OCEAN MASTER centers in two aspects: the payload of the vehicle and the acoustic communications between vehicles or between a vehicle and surface. A Side Scan Sonar (SSS) is included into the vehicle as payload in order to perform bottom surveys and surveillance of channels and harbour accesses. Also a Diver Detection Sonar (DDS) is included to detect both divers and objects in underwater. As communication system, an acoustic data link is used to allow the interchange of commands and data.
Security solutions and underwater measurement.
SAES will have a stand (D21) in the exhibition area of the World Maritime Week exhibition. It will be exhibited a model of the DDS-03 diver detection sonar for protection of critical infrastructures and ships. Likewise, it will also show a model of the SDH intelligent digital hydrophone. The SDH is used for acoustic underwater measurements. It is especially useful for the verification of environmental requirements regarding acoustic emissions.
OCEAN MASTER has been selected in the FEDER Innterconecta 2015 call. It is co-funded by CDTI (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness) and FEDER funds, throughout the Operational Programme for Smart Growth 2014-2020. It is developed in the regions of: Andalucia, Galicia, Madrid and Murcia. The end of the project is scheduled for Mars 2018. Its overall budget is of 2.138.782 €.