Terma (Hall D, Stand 004) has successfully demonstrated the integration of an anti-torpedo countermeasure into its C-Guard shipborne soft-kill weapon system.
Already in service on board the Indonesian Navy’s (TNI-AL) four Diponegoro-class corvettes, and shortly to enter service on board the TNI-AL’s two new PKR frigates, the C-Guard system was originally designed to deploy 130mm chaff and infrared countermeasures to decoy anti-ship missile threats. The system combines 130mm launchers with a command and control subsystem using advanced algorithms to compute optimum decoy placement and an evasive course to steer.
Terma has now worked with DCNS to jointly develop a semi-automatic torpedo defence embodiment for C-Guard utilising the CANTO anti-torpedo decoy. This solution also uses the 130mm C-Guard launchers to launch the CANTO decoy through the embedded CONTRALTO reaction software module.
In May 2016, Terma, DCNS and Chemring Countermeasures successfully conducted joint operational trials of this new torpedo defence functionality. The trials, facilitated by the Royal Danish Navy (RDN) and the Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization, were performed from the RDN frigate HDMS Iver Huitfeldt.
According to Terma, this test success means C-Guard is now “the first and currently the only” 130mm decoy launching system fully integrated with the CONTRALTO module and the CANTO 130mm expendable anti-torpedo countermeasure.
More than 150 C-Guard systems have been sold to date.
Aside from Indonesia, variants of the system have also been sold to Australia, Denmark, Chile, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania and the USA.