Turkish submarine TCG Gür S-357 tests a new local torpedo

ANKARA, (BM) – A successful test of a torpedo fired by the Turkish submarine TCG Gür S-357 had carried out on January 25th. The torpedo is called AKYA and is entirely Turkish made. According to preliminary information, Turkish military engineers began developing the torpedo in 2009.

Turkish submarine TCG Gür S-357 tests a new local torpedo
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AKYA is the result of an agreement between the Turkish government and Rocketsan. The other two parties to the contract are the Turkish Science and Technology Research Council and the Turkish Marine Research Center. According to Turkish sources, the torpedo is in the final stages of development, and expect it to finalize it this year.

Sources claim that AKYA will be nearly 7 m long with a diameter of 533 mm. The torpedo will develop a speed of 40 knots and strike at a distance of up to 15 km. The weight, experts predict, will be about a ton and a half. AKYA will rely on active and passive acoustic sonar.

More about the submarine TCG Gür S-357

This submarine is a German production of the company Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft. The version available to the Turkish Navy is an export version of the German submarine.

TCG Gür S-357 is a diesel-electric submarine type 209. Few people know, but Turkey is the largest user and user of submarines type 209 globally. The submarine is attacking.

The Turkish Navy currently has a total of 14 submarines of this type of service. Submarines type 209 powers by a diesel-electric propulsion system, with four engines, each of which has a capacity of 2.8 MW. The sub has eight torpedo tubes firing Tigerfish Mk 24 Mod 2, STN Atlas DM2A4, and a Harpoon missile.

What else is the Turkish fleet preparing?

The Turks are currently developing a ULAQ drone. The shipyards Ares and Meteksan Defense have taken on this task. According to initial data, the ship will have a range of about 400 km and move at a maximum of 65 km / h. Turkish engineers say that they will create the ULAQ with composite materials to improve the boat structure and characteristics.

According to the two Turkish companies, the boat will have day and night surveillance systems, secure encrypted communication with the Turkish Army General Staff, which experts say will have an autonomous regime. All this tells us that such a communication system allows the ship to be intended primarily for reconnaissance and surveillance and various escort missions and strategic missions.

ULAQ will also have weapons, which is quite normal, given that this ship will have to defend itself during reconnaissance and strategic missions. In this case, we are talking about Cirit missile systems and two more L-UMTAS, manufactured by the local manufacturer in this area, Rocketsan.

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