Naval Weapons

Indonesia eyes Black Shark torpedoes for Type 209/1400 submarines

17 August 2017

Key Points

  • Indonesia is looking to acquire the Black Shark torpedo for its Type 209/1400 submarines from South Korea
  • Move will equip the new submarines with the same capability as regional submarine operators

A model of the Black Shark torpedo (IHS Markit/Patrick Allan)A model of the Black Shark torpedo (IHS Markit/Patrick Allan)

Indonesia will acquire the Black Shark fibre optic wire-guided heavyweight torpedo for its fleet of three new Type 209/1400 diesel-electric submarines (SSKs), a senior official from the country’s Ministry of Defence has told a local media.

Comments on the possible acquisition were made by Vice Admiral Widodo, General Secretariat at the defence ministry, during a one-day exhibition on 13 August to showcase the products of indigenous defence companies in Jakarta. The exhibition is being done in conjunction with celebrations to mark Indonesia’s 52nd year of independence, which takes place on 17 August.

“There is a possibility that we will have [the Black Shark torpedo] by the end of this year,” said Vice Adm Widodo, as quoted in a news report on the website of Indonesian 24-hour news channel Metro TV. There was, however, no further elaboration on the weapon’s procurement process, or if a contract has materialised. Vice Adm Widodo was previously deputy chief-of-staff at the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia- Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) from 2015 to 2016.

According to Jane’s Weapons: Naval , the Black Shark torpedo is designed to be ejected from either surface vessels or submarines, in either ‘push out’ or ‘swim out launch’ configurations, and can prosecute any type of surface or underwater targets. The weapon features a standard diameter of 533 mm for NATO heavyweight torpedoes, and is thus compatible with most western-made tubes. The torpedo has a length of about 6 m, but this will vary depending on whether the round is meant for drills or active service.

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