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Maritime Systems

AN/SSQ-553G
Directional Passive Sonobuoy
Features The Ultra Electronics AN/SSQ-553 is a G-size DIFAR The AN/SSQ-553 Electronic Function Select (EFS)
sonobuoy that offers world-leading acoustic permits the operator pre-deployment selection of:
G-size DIFAR
25% lighter and size of performance coupled with significant weight
One of 99 VHF-FM data uplink frequencies
standard A-size DIFAR savings.
World-leading low- Four operation periods
frequency capability The AN/SSQ-553 has been specifically designed
99 channel RF transmitter for use by small Maritime Patrol Aircraft and ASW Sensor deployment to one of three depths
Electronic Function Select
Helicopters. Engineered for reliable service in
(EFS)
Five-year shelf life adverse environmental conditions, the AN/SSQ
NATO Stock Number........................5845-21-914-4793
-553 can be launched from a carousel, free fall (Bag version)
chute or by pneumatics.

It includes G-size micro-processor controlled


passive directional sonobuoy.

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Technical Specifications
AN/SSQ-553G
GENERAL DESCRIPTION TRANSMITTER CHARACTERISTICS

Description.........................................................................DIFAR, passive, directional Frequency Range........................................................................136 MHz to 173.5 MHz

Function..................................................................Search, localization, surveillance Transmission Channels.......................................99 preselectable with EFS display


Applicable Specifications.................................... US Navy Production Sonobuoy RF Transmitter Power Outlet...................................................................1 W minimum
Specification dated 01 Oct 2006
as modified by the Canadian
Armed Forces SENSOR CHARACTERISTICS
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Acoustic Frequency Range............................................................................5 - 2400 Hz
Barebuoy (no SLV)
Sensitivity, Directional.............................................................122 3 dB rel 1 Pa at
Diameter...............................................................................................4.875 in (124 mm) 100 Hz = 40 kHz pk dev

Length......................................................................................................16.5 in (419 mm) Sensitivity, Omnidirectional....................................................122 3 dB rel 1 Pa at


100 Hz = 25 kHz pk dev
Weight.......................................................................................................5.1 kg (11.22 lbs)
Operating Depth...................................................................................30 m, 120 m, and
With SLV 300 m preselectable

Diameter.............................................................................................5.375 in (136.5 mm) Directivity, Directional..........................................................Horizontal dipole 1 dB


Vertical dipole 3 dB
Length.....................................................................................................39.50 in (1.003 m)
Directivity, Omnidirectional............................................................. 1 dB horizontal
Weight....................................................................................................7.74 kg (17.00 lbs) 3 dB vertical
OPERATING ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
ENGINEERING DATA
Launch Air Temperature........................................................................-20 C to +55 C
Power Source.....................................................................Seawater activated battery
(main power source) Seawater Temperature..............................................................................0 C to +35 C
Lithium battery (EFS display
and memory) Wind Velocity....................................................................................30 knots (maximum)
Stabilization Time.............................................................................Up to 100 seconds Sea State...........................................................................................................5 (maximum)
(after splash) 60 seconds (medium)
240 seconds (deep) Maximum Launch Altitude.............................................................30,000 ft (9144 m)
Descent Time................................................................................40 seconds (shallow)
(in water) 100 seconds (medium) Maximum Launch Airspeed...............................370 knots IAS at 1850 ft (564 m)
180 seconds (deep)

Operating Life..............................................................................0.5, 1, 2, 4, or 6 hours


preselectable
Scuttling Time........................................................................At 6 hours, regardless of
operating life

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Dartmouth Electronics Holdings plc. UK

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Canada right to vary these specifications

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