Thales has been chosen byRomanian helicopter manufacturer IAR Brasov to supply theTMS2000 sonobuoy to equipIAR-330 Puma helicopters operated by the Romanian navy. TheTMS2000 offers a rapidly deployable anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability. The operational performance of sonobuoys has improved over recent years, making them an increasingly serious threat to any submarine seeking to avoid detection. The advantage of theTMS2000 processors is that installation requires only minor modifications to the aircraft. Sonobuoys are released over the sea by a fixed- or rotary-wing aircraft and send acoustic data to the processor via aVHFlink to a receiver that processes data in real time. “The processors will give the Romanian navy a decisiveASWcapability to detect submarines in the Black Sea, in particular as part ofNATOmissions,” according to Thales.