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SSQ-801 Barra

Country of Origin: Australia


The SSQ-801 is a standard A-size passive sonobuoy dropped as part of the Barra anti-submarine warfare (ASW) system. It can be air-dropped from a variety of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Barras in British service are designated SSQ-981.

Upon contact with seawater, the Barra separates into two connected parts: An upper floating portion holding the radio transmitter and a lower part holding the acoustic sensor array. The upper electronics section holds the RF transmitter,...

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