MetOcean Telematics (MetOcean), has announced that it will supply the Royal Navy with its new Maritime Acoustic Scoring and Simulation System (MASS). The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded MetOcean an extensive contract vehicle to supply MASS, and systems will soon be commissioned by the Royal Navy.

MASS is the world’s first over-the-horizon Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) and Naval Gunfire Scoring and Simulation (NGSS) system. The innovative marine based system has been designed and thoroughly tested to enable naval ships to undertake self-conducted live-fire training, testing and qualification. MASS eliminates the need for land bombardment ranges and the necessity to destroy physical targets on land or at sea. The free-floating system consists of a set of operation buoys, which report acoustic event data, point of impact, and precise time. The acoustic event data is sent to a base station receiver using over-the-horizon Iridium satellite telemetry or UHF line-of-sight radio, this allows MASS to measure indirect fire. Real-time results are viewed and analyzed both on-ship and at land-based command posts.

MASS is an essential and cost-effective solution for all active Navies, it permits Navies to conduct training activities at secure locations while deployed at sea. MASS also eliminates costly travel time, personnel resources, and excessive fuel costs which are necessary when travelling and utilizing land-ranges. In addition to the various costs saving advantages of the system, MASS also minimizes the human and environmental risks associated with land-ranges.

“MASS is the future of naval gunfire training. Its less than 1-meter accuracy, ruggedness, and reliability will greatly enhance the Royal Navy’s gunfire scoring capabilities” stated Tony Chedrawy, President & CEO, MetOcean Telematics.