Products and Services
AAL provides a wide variety of products and services. Here are some examples:
Diver Signature Evaluation System (DSES)
DSES is a portable system that uses acoustic, pressure and magnetic sensors mounted in a mine shape to collect data on the signature emitted by EOD divers and their equipment. The software allows the setting of mine thresholds based on threat mine data and the operator console displays real time sensor recorded levels and mine status. Data can also be saved for post mission analysis. Underwater video camera footage can be viewed in real time or recorded. DSES is capable of operating in depths down to 50m, water temperature range of 2-35C and for mission lengths of up to 12 hours.
AAL has a service contract with the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) to supply and manage towed air and surface targets. A range of targets are available from sea skimming height keepers to targets with Miss Distance Indicators (MDI) that record and report the accuracy of firings.
Naval Surface Target Firing Analysis Tool
This system was developed for the RNZN to allow accurate recording, marking and reporting of naval gunfire relative to a target. The system records the left/right distance of the shot and this data is used together with ship records to analyse the performance of the gunnery system. The system is designed for use from a target towing vessel, but can also be used from a spotting helicopter.
Bridge Simulator Facility
The RNZN has signed a 10 year in-service support contract with Kongsberg Maritime and AAL for their Bridge Simulator Facility located at the Devonport Naval Base in Auckland. This simulator was opened in 2000 and consists of three mock up ships bridges. The ships can be set up as any of the RNZN's ships and can also be configured as Merchant ships. Ship handling and navigation practices are taught and practiced in the simulator as well as other navy specific ship bridge team practices and skills which include helmsman, communications and radar.
Remote Control Weapons Stations
The RNZN is installing the Rafael Mini-Typhoon lightweight naval machine gun mount on selected ships from its fleet. This is part of measures to provide enhanced protection against small boat attacks and other asymmetric threats prompted by recent operational experience in the Persian Gulf. A stabilised and marinised system designed primarily for use by small to mid size surface combatants where space and weight are at a premium, the Mini-Typhoon is also in service in the Royal Australian Navy.
Mobile Acoustic Scoring System
The RNZN has awarded a contract to AAL for the supply of a Mobile Acoustic Scoring System (MASS). The system provides the Navy with the capability to independently assess and practice Naval Gunfire Support (NGS) anywhere on the high seas, rather than having to rely on visits to specific bombardment ranges. The free-floating system consists of a set of buoys which report acoustic event data, buoy position and precise time. The acoustic event data is sent via a spread spectrum radio to a base station receiver, which is typically located on the ship from which the shells were fired. The base station receives and processes the data, then calculates and displays where the shell landed relative to a chosen target point. This data provides real time feedback accuracy of the gunfire.
Offshore Systems International Ltd. (OSI) and AAL have signed a contract with the RNZN that will result in Offshore's proprietary ECPINS-M (Electronic Chart Precise Integrated Navigation System - Military) deployed across the navy's entire fleet. ECPINS (Electronic Chart Precise Integrated Navigation System) is the world's leading system for the safe navigation of ships. ECPINS gives ship navigators a precise, real-time display of position and progress on electronic charts.