ELAC SONAR is a market leader in the design, manufacture and supply of hydroacoustic systems for naval applications. Our product portfolio includes SONAR solutions, underwater communication systems as well as navigation and multibeam echo sounders. Our products are developed and manufactured in Kiel, Germany, and are renowned for their high reliability, robustness and advanced technology.
We specialise in equipping new vessels with innovative products and developing customer-specific modernisation solutions. We also offer installation, logistics and service support for all our products. If required, we can also provide product training.
Founded as ELAC (ELECTROACUSTIC GmbH) in 1926, our company has constantly worked to expand its product range. Today, ELAC SONAR systems and products are installed on almost all NATO vessels as well as supplied to the navies of most friendly nations. In addition to a steady growth in the naval market, we have achieved a worldwide reputation for hydroacoustic systems for research vessels and are an established and reliable partner to the commercial shipping industry. In 2020, ELAC SONAR became part of the Cohort Group.
100 years of innovation of sonars and
ELECTROACUSTIC GmbH (ELAC) founded. First manufacturers of echo sounders, submarine sonars and foghorns.
Major sonar supplier for the German Navy.
Leading supplier of sonar / hydroacoustic solutions for the German and allied navies.
Development and manufacture of heavy-weight torpedo sonars, ASW and submarine sonars.
Launched first digital underwater communication system.
Successful market introduction of open-architecture-based KaleidoScope submarine sonar suite.
Roll-out for open sonar processing platform 2nd generation.
Go-to Market: Anti-submarine-warfare sonar HUNTER and KaleidoScope 2.0.
Launch of fully digitalised hydrophones.
stakeholders of ELAC SONAR
- 1994Allied Signal
- 1998L3 Communications
- 2020Cohort plc
for navies worldwide
From Kiel to the world – we provide sonar solutions to first class navies of the world.
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About Cohort plc
Cohort plc is the parent company of six innovative, agile and responsive businesses providing a wide range of services and products for British, German, Portuguese and international customers in defence and related markets. It aims to add real value through the experience and contacts of its senior team while providing a light-touch but effective governance framework. Its objective is to deliver value to shareholders through its six operating subsidiaries: Chess, ELAC SONAR, EID, MASS, MCL and SEA.
Cohort was founded on the principle that SME-size businesses can prosper by being part of a larger group, where they can benefit from financial oversight, management support and the exchange of information and practices. Cohort aims to achieve this while preserving the high growth potential of innovative independent businesses.