Turk­ish in­dus­try joins com­mon sub­ma­rine mis­sile pro­ject


The Turk­ish com­pany Roket­san and the Ger­man firms ThyssenKrupp Marine Sys­tems and Diehl De­fence signed a co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment to de­velop and sup­ply the sub­ma­rine-launched in­ter­ac­tive de­fence and at­tack sys­tem for sub­marines (IDAS) mis­sile. The ac­cord was inked at the IDEF In­ter­na­tional De­fence In­dus­try Fair in Is­tan­bul. The sig­na­ture cer­e­mony took place in the pres­ence of Eber­hard Pohl, Ambassador of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Ger­many in Turkey, Thomas Kossendey, Mem­ber of the Ger­man Par­lia­ment (Deutscher Bun­destag) and Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary of the Fed­eral Min­is­ter of De­fence as well as the Ger­man Ar­ma­ment Di­rec­tor Detlef Sel­hausen.

IDAS pro­vides new self-de­fence and asym­met­ric war­fare ca­pa­bil­i­ties for sub­merged sub­marines to en­gage threats from the air, naval ves­sels as well as coastal tar­gets. The sub­ma­rine can launch the multi-role mis­sile from a tor­pedo tube un­der wa­ter by means of a launch­ing con­tainer. Aided by an in­no­va­tive fi­bre-op­tic data link, the op­er­a­tor in the sub­ma­rine is ca­pa­ble of con­trol­ling the mis­sile dur­ing the en­tire flight of­fer­ing the op­por­tu­nity of tar­get change, cor­rec­tion of the tar­get im­pact point or mis­sion abort. The sys­tem can also be re­fit­ted into ex­ist­ing sub­marines with mi­nor ef­fort.

Cur­rently the IDAS Con­sor­tium is con­duct­ing an ini­tial de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme (IDP) with the ob­jec­tive of de­vel­op­ing a ver­i­fied prod­uct. Ver­i­fi­ca­tion will be proven with suc­cess­ful fir­ings from a sub­merged sub­ma­rine sched­uled for 2014. Ac­cord­ing to the co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment, Roket­san will be re­spon­si­ble for de­vel­op­ment, qual­i­fi­ca­tion and se­ries pro­duc­tion of the IDAS war­head, sup­port test­ing of CAS (con­trol ac­tu­a­tion sys­tem), par­tic­i­pate in sys­tem level de­sign ac­tiv­i­ties and per­form a work share in the se­ries pro­duc­tion of the CAS. A fur­ther part­ner is the Nor­we­gian com­pany Nammo, which is de­vel­op­ing and pro­duc­ing the rocket mo­tor.

IDAS has per­formed suc­cess­ful test fir­ings from an un­der­wa­ter test fa­cil­ity in North­ern Ger­many as well as from a class 212A sub­ma­rine of the Ger­man Navy in the Baltic Sea. The pro­ject was awarded the Tech­nol­ogy Prize of the Ger­man de­fence in­dus­try.

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