Military Capabilities

Hellenic Navy torpedo, helicopter programmes move ahead

11 January 2019

The Hellenic Armed Forces’ Council of Chiefs of the General Staff (SAGE) approved two Hellenic Navy acquisition programmes in late December 2018 for heavyweight torpedoes and maritime helicopters. These are now expected to be forwarded to the Ministry of Defence for implementation.

The Hellenic Navy is looking to procure 36 21-inch (533 mm) heavyweight torpedoes for its four Papanikolis-class Type 214 submarines and sole Type 209 AIP-equipped submarine, HS Okeanos, to replace legacy AEG SUT and SST-4 torpedoes.

The service originally launched the new-generation heavyweight torpedo acquisition programme in 2002. The Whitehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquei (WASS) Black Shark heavy torpedo was originally selected for the requirement in 2003, but this was abandoned in 2004.

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