Submarine ESM success [INDODEF16-D3]

04 November 2016

Aselsan, a Turkish Armed Forces Foundation company, is continuing to develop its capability in submarine electronic warfare (EW) on the back of recent contracts for the Turkish Naval Forces Command and export.

The company’s first-generation ARES-2NS submarine electronic support measures (ESM) is already in service on board two modernised Ay-class Type 209/1200 submarines, and has been specified for the six Type 214 boats being procured under the New Type Submarine Project.

Aselsan (Hall A, Stand 083) has subsequently developed the second-generation ARES-2SC ESM system. Covering the 2-18GHz frequency band, the ARES-2SC ESM system intercepts, detects and identifies radar signals, and provides high direction-finding accuracy.

As well as a dedicated ESM mast antenna, the ARES-2SC system features a separate omnidirectional radar warning receiver (RWR) antenna designed for installation on periscopes.

Company officials told the Show Daily that Aselsan is now developing a third-generation submarine EW system that will combine the functions of radar ESM and communications ESM in a single antenna. It is expected that this solution will be offered for the forthcoming modernisation of the Turkish Naval Forces’ four Preveze-class Type 209/1400s.

In addition, Aselsan has recently been selected to provide the ARES-2SC system as part of the upgrade of the Pakistan Navy’s Agosta 90B submarines. In this case, it will provide the main ESM to STM (as prime contractor), while it will separately supply the periscope-mounted RWR antenna to Airbus DS Optronics for mounting on a new search periscope.

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