BAND-IT ULTRA-LOK® ALLOY 625 CLAMPS SECURE RUBBER BOOT ON TR-343 TRANSDUCER ELEMENTS
A key component of sonar systems for surface military vessels is the AN/SQS-53C Sonar array, made up of 576 TR-343 Transducers, the array is located in the “bulb” on the bow just below the water surface. Each of those transducers contains a rubber boot or sleeve secured with an ULTRA-LOK Alloy 625 band.
BAND-IT IDENTIFIED AS ONLY SOURCE
During the sourcing process, the US Navy identified BAND-IT as the only responsible source capable of providing the required supplies. Citing the potential for delays and unrecovered costs, the agency chose BAND-IT as the only approved manufacturer based on performance and testing requirements of the Critical Item Production Fabrication Specifications (CIPFS) for the Transducer.