Konrad Mech discusses how advances in multimode multi-beam sonar technology are helping to protect ports and shipping from underwater terrorist and criminal threats
Underwater attacks on ports and ships have been a risk since before the Second World War. Today, waterborne attacks continue to threaten ships, high value assets and piers, which are vulnerable because of exposure to the sea. Recent examples of successful water attacks by terrorists abound, including the 2000 sea-borne bombing of the USS Cole and the 2002 Limburg oil tanker attack, and numerous surface and underwater suicide diver assaults by the Tamil Tigers . . .