Axel Banasch graduated in mechanical engineering from Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany, and has more than 20 years of experience in CAx. He joined the R&D department of L-3 ELAC Nautik in 2002. He is in charge of design, structural analysis and mechanical integration of underwater acoustic systems for sonar and multibeam applications. This includes research as well as military equipment on surface vessels and submarines focusing on customisation and structural adaption to different platforms.