Archived — Government of Canada Supports Investment in Maritime Security Research and Development

Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, April 9, 2010—The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, today announced a repayable investment of $5 million in a $16.6-million sonar research and development (R&D) project being undertaken by Kongsberg Mesotech Ltd. This investment is being made through the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI) program.

"Investment in R&D is a keystone of Canada's Economic Action Plan," said Minister Clement. "Not only will this funding enable Kongsberg Mesotech Ltd. to perform vital R&D that will enhance maritime security, it will also help build Canada's research and innovation edge."

Kongsberg Mesotech Ltd. will develop a range of next-generation sonar technologies for underwater surveillance and security applications.

"I'm very pleased that our company is receiving this investment in our project," said Nader Riahi, President of Kongsberg Mesotech Ltd. "This technology will expand and improve many vital underwater surveillance functions."

SADI supports strategic industrial research and pre-competitive development projects in the aerospace, defence, space and security industries. SADI is managed by the Industrial Technologies Office, a special operating agency of Industry Canada with a mandate to advance leading-edge R&D by Canadian industries.

For further information (media only), please contact:

Lynn Meahan
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
Minister of Industry
613-995-9001

Media Relations
Industry Canada
613-943-2502


Backgrounder

Government of Canada Invests in Sonar Research and Development Project to Improve Maritime Security

The Government of Canada will make a repayable investment of $5 million toward a research and development (R&D) project by Kongsberg Mesotech Ltd. to develop a range of next-generation sonar technologies for underwater security and surveillance applications.

The Acoustic Instrumentation for Underwater Security project includes multi- and single-beam sonar, software modules and new acoustic instrumentation. Kongsberg Mesotech Ltd. will optimize its current development programs to respond to the demands of the market for underwater security systems. The focus is on the development of very-high-resolution sonar instrumentation. The technologies are designed to be integrated into an autonomous underwater vehicle to detect objects such as mines and explosives attached to the hulls of ships.

Based in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Kongsberg Mesotech Ltd. is a Canadian leader in the development and production of high-resolution sonar systems and acoustic technology for defence applications. The company will perform the R&D in collaboration with Defence Research and Development Canada and universities across the country.

The Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI), launched in April 2007, supports private sector industrial research and pre-competitive development in Canada's aerospace, defence, security and space industries through repayable investments.

SADI benefits include the leveraging of private sector investment in R&D, the attraction of foreign investment to Canada, help to advance technology transfer and innovation, and the development of a highly skilled workforce. SADI is managed by the Industrial Technologies Office, a special operating agency of Industry Canada with a mandate to advance leading-edge R&D by Canadian industries.

For more information about SADI, please visit the Industrial Technologies Office website.

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