Under the leadership of the Presidency of Defense Industry, the "324 mm Torpedo Development Project" was initiated to meet the light class torpedo needs of the Naval Forces Command. With ORKA, which will be developed under ROKETSAN prime contracting, external dependency in this area will come to an end.
In the last days of the year, the good news of starting a local and national project came from the Turkish defense industry, which continued its activities without interruption despite the epidemic in 2020. Under the leadership of the Presidency of Defense Industry (SSB), the "324 mm Torpedo Development (ORKA) Project" was initiated to meet the light class torpedo needs of the Naval Forces Command. President of the Presidency of Defense Industry Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, representatives of the Ministry of National Defense, SSB, ROKETSAN and ASELSAN attended.
With the project, the ORKA torpedo weapon system to be used against submarines from naval aircraft and above water platforms, which are in the inventory of the Naval Forces Command and can be taken into the inventory, will be developed locally and nationally. ORKA, which will have precise guidance, navigation, advanced search and attack capabilities, will provide high efficiency on the target with its resistance to deception and confusion.
The experience gained by ROKETSAN in the AKYA Heavy Class Torpedo Project, which is planned to be delivered next year, will be transferred to the ORKA Project. In the ORKA Project, besides the main contractor ROKETSAN, ASELSAN will also take part as the main subcontractor. ORKA will strengthen the power of the Turkish Armed Forces as a national element in the protection of the Blue Homeland.
The ORKA light torpedo concept was exhibited for the first time by ASELSAN at the 13th International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF'17). It was also aimed that the light torpedo would be able to receive target data via acoustic communication via HIZIR-LFAS systems in the stages of advancement to the target submarine and target search.
Presidency Defense Industry President Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, in his statement on the subject, said, “We are accelerating our work based on our President's promise that we will work twice as fast in the defense industry. It's no longer the time to stop, every passing day is valuable. When our security forces need something, we have to procure it ourselves, instead of buying it from outside. Therefore, as in every project, our companies that will carry out the project will speed up the time. ORKA will also save us from being dependent on outside in this field. I wish success to all the team that will work in the project, and I hope their efforts will continue increasingly ”.
The works initiated within ARMERKOM to meet the 533mm heavy torpedo requirement of the Naval Forces Command with national means passed to a concrete stage in 2009 with the approval of the General Staff, and the National Heavy Torpedo Development Project (AKYA) contract was signed between the SSB, ARMERKOM-TÜBİTAK and ROKETSAN. . AKYA, which was tested for the first time in 2013, is expected to start mass production like 2020-2021. The product, which can be used in all submarines in our inventory, is planned to be integrated into the Reis class submarines that will be included in the new inventory.