Turkish defense giant Aselsan embarks on first naval exports
Turkish defense giant Aselsan is preparing to add new products to its export portfolio, this time with systems intended for use on naval platforms.
As a result, the torpedo countermeasures system and chart-based electronic navigation system he developed for surface and submarine platforms will soon be sold overseas.
Factory acceptance testing of the Zargana Torpedo countermeasure system for submarines, which was developed in the country by Aselsan as part of the Half-Life modernization project of the Agosta 90B class submarines of the Pakistani Navy, have been completed, an Anadolu (AA) report said on Monday.
Factory acceptance tests were also carried out as part of the integration of Zargana, developed under the leadership of the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB), with Indonesian submarines.
Aselsan’s torpedo countermeasures solutions for submarines were first introduced to the world with the Zoka Acoustic Lures / Scramblers, which were delivered to the Indonesian Navy in 2019 and 2020 after entering the industry. Turkish Naval Forces Command Inventory.
Zargana, which includes the launch system, decision support system and Zoka Acoustic Deception / Scrambler subsystems, will be exported overseas for the first time.
Zargana stands out as the first and only domestic underwater torpedo countermeasures system with superior capabilities compared to its counterparts in the world.
The system allows the most appropriate evasion tactics to be determined against torpedo threats using target and environmental data obtained from the submarine, and enables the programmed launch of acoustic decoys and jammers from the submarine. launchers located on port and starboard according to the determined tactics. Acoustic jammers produce broadband noise, preventing the torpedo from detecting the submarine, while acoustic decoys mimic the submarine and deceive the torpedo.
The integration of these systems with the platforms selected by Pakistan and Indonesia will also pave the way for the supply of other submarines in the inventories of the two countries.
The Turkish company has another export-oriented project originally designed for the Ada-class MILGEM (National Ship) corvettes developed for the Pakistani Navy.
Factory acceptance testing of two Aselsan MITOSTM WECDIS, which will be used aboard Pakistan’s first MILGEM vessel, has been completed at the company’s facilities in the capital Ankara. This marks an important step for the export of the system which will be a first.
Aselsan MITOSTM was developed as a family of chart-based electronic navigation system products for surface and submarine platforms. WECDIS and the Digital Trace Desk (SIM), within the product group, were developed for use on military platforms, while ECDIS was developed for civilian platforms.
MITOSTM WECDIS aids navigation by providing information compatible with current electronic charts which must be used in accordance with the rules of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). The system provides route planning and route tracking capability to navigation personnel on electronic navigation maps using location, orientation, speed over land and sea, and information similar obtained from navigation systems.
The systems belonging to the product group are currently in use on 12 platforms nationwide, and with the Pakistan MILGEM project it will be possible to use them on different platforms in the Pakistani market.