SSB President Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir made statements at the TEKNOFEST 2021 Rocket Competition on the importance of TEKNOFEST for the defense industry and on the naval weapon systems that continue to be developed.
SSB President İsmail Demir also stated that the products developed by the participants could be brought to the defense industry in terms of technology. Regarding the subject, he said, “Here, we can create products that can actually be used in the field, or products that can be used in the field with a little modification, not just 'rockets were built and thrown away'. One of our team made a UAV that came out of a rocket after the rocket reached a certain altitude. This can introduce an important concept into the field of action. Inventions that bring a new operational concept to UAVs can come from here. Our Akıncı and Aksungur UAVs will bring the experimental products put forward here to be used in the field with a little change.”
Demir said that work on naval systems continues and that the AKYA heavy class torpedo is being activated and that a version of the ATMACA anti-ship missile that can be launched from submarines is being worked on. He also mentioned that the work of Land ATMACA, which is the land-to-land version of ATMACA, continues.
With the AKYA Project, Roketsan's critical capabilities, acquired through long years of precision work in developing precision-guided, high-speed intelligent rocket and missile systems, go under the sea. With AKYA, which is launched from submarines against various surface targets and submarines and developed entirely with national capabilities, an important need of the Turkish Naval Forces for underwater platforms will be met with national resources.
While AKYA's qualification studies are continuing, Low-Scale Initial Production activities are continuing to meet the priority needs of the Turkish Naval Forces.
AKYA, which will meet the 533 mm heavy class torpedo needs of the Turkish Naval Forces with domestic resources, recently carried out firing tests from the TCG Gür submarine and a contract was signed for its integration with the Preveze class submarines. AKYA has a range of 50+ km, a maximum speed of 45+ knots; In addition to Active/Passive Sonar head with Counter-Countermeasure capability and Backwater guidance, it also has external guidance capability with fiber optic cable.
Technical Specifications of AKYA
- Range 50+ kilometers
- Speed 45+ Knots
- Targets Submarines, Surface Ships
- Active/Passive Sonar Head with Guidance Acoustic Countermeasure Capability
- Backwater Guidance
- Guidance Mode Internal Guidance
- External Guidance with Fiber Optic Cable
- Fuze Proximity Sensor/ Impact Detonation
- Warhead Underwater Shock Insensitive Warhead
- Abandon Hive Abandon Swimming
- Drive System Brushless DC Electric Motor+ Reverse Impeller
- Battery High Energy Chemical Battery
Submarine-launched version of ATMACA missile is being studied
Adapted for our submarines, ATMACA will offer a much longer range engagement alternative compared to torpedoes. In addition, ATMACA anti-ship missiles, which have measures to make detection difficult on their own (reduced radar cross-section, low cruise altitude…) will make it more difficult to react to an attack when launched from submarines.
It can be expected that the submarine ATMACA missile will be similar in concept to the UGM-84 Sub Harpoon anti-ship missiles. After reaching the surface from the submarine via a carrier capsule compatible with the 84 mm torpedo tubes of the submarines, the UGM-533 Harpoon starts its flight with a solid propellant rocket like the RGM-84 Harpoon and continues with its turbojet engine.