Enjoy the latest advanced technology giving you versatility, productivity and performance – that’s what the Sonic 2026 Broadband Multibeam Echosounder delivers.
The latest advanced technology, with versatility, productivity and performance – that’s what the Sonic 2026 Broadband Multibeam Echosounder delivers.
Major components include:
- A compact projector, receiver, and a small dry side Sonar Interface Module.
- The extremely low power draw of 75W makes it possible to operate the system on vessel battery power.
- Focused 0.45° x 0.45° beamwidths with up to 800m+ or more sounding depths*
- Optional 90kHz/100kHz operation for extended range coverage.
Unlike other commercial shallow water multibeam echosounder systems, R2Sonic’s sonar processing is embedded in the receiver, dramatically increasing system efficiency and simplicity in integration.
The compact size, low weight, low power consumption and elimination of separate topside processors makes the SONIC 2026 system well suited for small survey vessel or ROV/AUV operations.
Basic mounting hardware is supplied as standard with each system, including dual head mounting brackets.
Contact us about trade-in rebates for older technology systems.
Learn how R2Sonic MBES technology provides exceptionally clean raw data for your projects that can increase your business’s productivity and profitability.
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SONIC 2026 Offerings
Bathymetry with optional TruePix™ Backscatter, Raw Water Column and Forward Looking Sonar imagery.
Over 20x User Selectable Frequencies from 200 to 400kHz, selectable on the fly, in real-time during survey operations.
Optional 90kHz/100kHz operation for extended range coverage.
|Highest Resolution & Accuracy||
Focused 0.5° x 0.5° beamwidths
60kHz Signal Bandwidth over primary frequency range.
True Range Resolution of 1.25 cm over primary frequency range.
Selectable swath coverage from 10° to 160°, selectable on the fly, in real-time during survey operations.
1 to 800m+ range.
|Ease of Operation||
Embedded signal processor and Controller.
Sonar user interface from Survey application software PC.
Low weight, volume & power consumption (less than 60 Watts).
Latest Advanced Technology.
Industry leading 3-year limited warranty.
Trade-in rebate for older technology systems.
179 – 450kHz resolution, Optional 90/100kHz
Up to 60kHz
0.45° x0.45° at 450kHz, 1° x 1° at 200kHz, 2° x 2° at 90/100kHz (Optional)
10° to 160°, User Selectable in real-time
Up to 60Hz
Down to 1.25cm
15 sec – 2ms
|Number of Soundings||
Up to 1024 soundings per swath (per head)
Normal, Dual, Quad
|Equiangular or Equidistant Beams||
|ROBO Automated Operation||
Yes, Auto Power, Pulse Width, Range Trac, GateTrac, SlopeTrac
100m, Optional 400m, 600m
-10°C to 50°C
-30°C to 55°C
90-260 VAC, 45-65Hz
10/100/1000 Base – T Ethernet
|Deck Cable Length||
15m, optional 25m, 50m
|Receiver Dim (LWD)||
480 X 109 X 190,,
|Receiver Mass (Air)||
|Projector Dim (LWD)||
480 x 109 x 190mm
|Projector Mass (Air)||
280 x 170 x 60mm
|Integrated Inertial Navigation System||
The Inertial Navigation System (INS) integrates seamlessly with the Sonic MBES enabling the user to obtain the most accurate and robust motion compensation solution for hydrographic surveying encompassing vessel latitude, longitude, altitude, heave, pitch, roll and heading.
Many multibeam systems are capable of recording data on acoustic backscatter ‒ artifacts that may interfere with the accuracy of depth soundings. Only R2Sonic provides TruePix™ – a process that is independent from bottom detection, and like Digital Side scan, can be used in data editing to determine whether the data points are outliers or real.
|Raw Water Column Data||
Raw beam formed water column data output provides increased functionality for Sonic Wideband Multibeam Echo Sounders with the ability to collect simultaneous and co-registered bathymetry, backscatter and water column backscatter data for variety of applications including pelagic fisheries habitat mapping, methane seep investigation and more.
|3000m Immersion Depth Rating||
Sonic Wideband Multibeam Echosounders are available with 3000m immersion depth rated option for ROV/AUV applications. For 3000m rated systems, extensive pressure testing is performed to just over 300bar and supplied with pass rating certificate to ensure performance to specified depth. Systems are typically pressure tested at time of order but can also be upgraded at any time with return of unit to R2Sonic facility.
|Mounting Hardware & Assemblies||
Basic mounting hardware is supplied as standard with each system. A lightweight and easy to assemble mounting bracket and fairing is supplied as an option. The Sonic mount bracket & fairing is designed to reduce cavitation around the receiver array and includes a protective fin for the transmit projector when mounted in the fore position.
|Antifouling Coating Protection||
Barnacle build up is a bane to many customers who incorporate high value acoustic sensors to vessel hull. In some environments build up can be severe, blocking the active sensor components effecting performance and requiring expensive dry docking and labor hours to clean. R2Sonic offers a unique non-ablative, non-toxic, antifouling coating protection option for Sonic Wideband Multibeam Systems.
|Warranty & Support||
Industry leading support, with access to senior level hydrographic expertise, and optional 6 year warranty coverage for low total cost of ownership.
Educational materials covering major aspects of hydrographic survey using a Multibeam Echosounder may be downloaded directly from our website. Visit the Training page to access and download related training materials.
Electronic manuals are provided to our customers at no charge. Should you require a manual, please contact our technical support.