Turkish company Roketsan joins IDAS common submarine missile project
Turkish company Roketsan and the German IDAS Consortium formed by ThyssenKrupp
Marine Systems and Diehl BGT Defence signed a cooperation agreement
to develop and supply the submarine-launched IDAS (= Interactive Defence
and Attack System for Submarines) missile. The accord was inked at the
IDEF Trade Show in Istanbul on May 9, 2013. The signature ceremony took
place in the presence of Thomas Kossendey, member of the German Parliament
and parliamentarian secretary to the federal minister of defence and
the German Armament Director Detlef Selhausen.
IDAS in action
(Image: ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems)
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 be refitted also into
existing submarines with minor effort.
from left): Mr. Malgowski (ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems), Mr. Rauch (Diehl),
Mr. Yasar (Roketsan)
(second row from left) Mr. Reuter (ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems), Mr.
Pohl (German Ambassador), Mr. Selhausen (German Armament Director),
Mr. Kossendey (Member of the German Parliament and Parlamentary Secretary
of the Federal Minister of Defence), Mr. Möller (Diehl) and Dr.
Atzpodien (ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions).
the IDAS Consortium is conducting an Initial Development Program (IDP)
with the objective of developing a verified product. Verification will
be proven with successful firings from a submerged submarine scheduled
end of 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, who is developing and producing the rocket motor.
The principle of IDAS was proven by successful controlled test firings
from an underwater test facility in Northern Germany as well as from
a HDW Class 212A submarine of the German Navy in the Baltic Sea. The
project was awarded the Technology Prize of the German defence industry.