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One order for 100+ USBL Systems

Alpha Portable
13th March, 2014 | 2 minute read
By Gavin Willoughby, Business Development Manager

With a long career in technical sales, marketing and management, Gavin joined applied acoustics as sales manager in 2004. Committed to delivering the best possible customer service, he has overseen the company’s international growth alongside Adam, culminating in two Queen’s Awards for exporting achievement.

The Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) has taken final delivery of an unprecedented contract awarded to Applied Acoustic Engineering (AAE) for the supply of a large number of USBL tracking systems and associated equipment.

Following sea trials in Japan and a competitive tender process early in 2013, JMSDF took the decision to invest in more than one hundred of AAE’s Alpha Portable USBL systems, one year after receiving an initial shipment of seven systems. Predominantly intended for use with their naval search and rescue dive teams, JMSDF also specified over four hundred of AAE’s 210 Micro/Remote transponders as the ideal beacon to attach to its divers.

The contract award, issued in conjunction with Toyo Corporation, AAE’s exclusive representatives for Japan, is AAE’s single biggest contract to date, and reaffirms the company’s position as a leading manufacturer of subsea acoustic systems for commercial and military applications.

On his return from meetings in Japan, Sales Manager for AAE, Gavin Willoughby commented, “This contract award marks a milestone in the history of our company and demonstrates our capability for quality mass manufacturing while enhancing our reputation as a major supplier to the defence industry. We are extremely proud that JMSDF continues to support our products in this way and we look forward to a long and successful association”.

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