The news article that is in the NSS 2019 Special Dossier published in the 76th issue of MSI Turkish Defence Review is here:
One of the topics highlighted by Roketsan in the seminar was the integration of products developed for various platforms, onto surface vessels. In the presentations made by the company officials, it was emphasised that this approach will allow existing products, the R&D processes of which have been completed, to be integrated onto warships in a quick and cost-effective manner. Another issue that the company brought under the spotlight at the seminar was the integration of the various solutions it has developed for surface vessels onto land, naval and aerial platforms. Roketsan’s solutions in this regard were described by Serkan Çelebi, Naval Systems Business Development Team Leader in the Tactical Missile Systems Department of Roketsan, Ali Gürün, System Engineering and Technology Management Unit Manager at Ballistics Systems Department of Roketsan, and Utku Gümüş, System Engineering and Technology Management Team Leader in the Ballistics Systems Department of Roketsan.
ASW Rocket to be Integrated aboard Aerial Platforms in the Future
Roketsan aims to enhance the capabilities of the Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) Rocket and Launcher System it developed for surface vessels that is currently being used aboard the New Type Patrol Boats. The capabilities to be enhanced are as follows:
- Increasing the maximum range from 2,000 meters to 4,000 meters
- Increasing the maximum target depth to which ASW rockets can be engaged from 300 meters to 500 meters
- Integrability aboard rotating-wing and fixed-wing, manned and unmanned aerial vehicles
- Deployment on land
- Granting underwater guidance capability
One of the topics high on the agenda is the integration of alternative payloads, aside from warheads, onto the ASW Rocket in the future in order to grant new capabilities to the product. Some of these payloads and additional capabilities can be listed as follows:
- Sonobuoy: With the integration of a buoy-type sonar onto an ASW Rocket will allow the interception of potential underwater threats.
- Acoustic Countermeasure: This system can be used against enemy torpedoes in order to jam and mislead the acoustic guidance systems of torpedoes.
Integration of Surface-to-Surface Missiles aboard Ships
Another innovative solution proposed by Roketsan is the placement of surface-to-surface artillery missile systems on the decks and the integration of precision guided missiles aboard ships. This will allow the integration of various missile systems that have been developed primarily for land forces onto surface vessels for low cost, and with no additional R&D requirement.
The first proposal made by Roketsan in this regard involved the mounting of surface-to-surface missile systems being used by the land forces of various countries onto surface ships, for which the company carried out firing tests on May 21–22. An Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) System mounted on a 8×8 tactical wheeled vehicle was placed on the deck of TCG BAYRAKTAR (L-402) with the help of a crane. While at sea, test firings were made against two targets – one at sea and one on land. The targets, 22 km from the ship, were hit by TRG-122 missiles, guided by a Global Positioning System (GPS), with a precision of 2 meters. This demonstrated that artillery missile systems can be fired with high precision from surface vessels. Roketsan is working on, as an initial venture into such applications, either the installation onto a container together with carriage and support equipment, or the separate integration of TRG-122, TRG-230 and TRG-300 guided missile systems aboard surface vessels. The carriage can carry 40 x 122-millimetre, 12 x 230-millimetre or 4 x 300-millimetre ready-to-fire missiles.