Specifically, the partnership will focus on five different development areas for SAR:
- maritime operations
- rescue operations
- search on the surface of the sea
- underwater search
- digital solutions.
The agreement will enable the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue to access Kongsberg's hydroacoustic systems for in depth testing and development on new approaches to SAR, including PulSAR sonar, which can be towed behind a rescue boat to scan large areas of sea in a short time, transmitting images of the seabed and helping divers to navigate directly to targets of interest.
Rikke Lind, Secretary General of the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue highlighted that their aim is to make the search and rescue operations faster, so that a person that is missing at sea can be found more quickly.
Living in uncertainty is an additional strain. Sonar search must be much more accessible; we want to have a specialised team who can travel out with the sonar when needed
... added Mr Lind.