Leonardo will supply Black Shark Advanced (BSA) heavyweight torpedoes and associated logistic support services to equip the Italian Navy’s U212A 2nd Series submarines.
The Black Shark Advanced is an evolution of the Black Shark heavy torpedo and will significantly increase the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) capability of the Italian Navy. Black Shark heavy torpedo is already acquired by many countries including Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Portugal and Singapore for their U209, U214, U212 and Scorpene submarines.
This latest version integrates an innovative energy production section that can be optimised, according to the use of the system, for training or operational purposes. When the BSA is used for training activities, a newly developed rechargeable battery is used that allows a higher number of launches – up to one hundred – compared to that of previous versions, providing significant cost savings.
In the operational configuration, the BSA is equipped with an innovative battery that ensures an increase in capabilities and performance. The new solution also delivers a significant reduction in life cycle costs.
Made in Italy at Leonardo’s Livorno plant, the Black Shark Advanced torpedo is an example of national excellence in the underwater defence sector and is the result of extensive and successful collaboration between the Italian Navy and industry.
Black Shark Advanced (BSA)
The NSP / BSA (Nuovo Siluro Pesante / Black Shark Advanced) long-range, multi-purpose, heavy weight torpedo was developed by Whitehead Sistemi Subacquei S.p.A. (WASS), a subsidiary of Leonardo, as an evolution of the original Black Shark torpedo.
The 6-metre long, 533 mm wire-guided torpedo is designed for a life of more than 20 years and can be deployed on attack submarines, midget submarines, surface vessels or stations ashore to defend it against any surface or underwater targets.
The acoustic head of the BLACK SHARK, named ASTRA (Advanced Sonar Transmitting and Receiving Architecture), is a state of the art active and passive acoustic head for modern torpedoes which represents the latest effort made by Leonardo. It is possible to use ASTRA as an additional remote sensor of the submarines combat suite.
The first test launch new torpedo was conducted from SSK Scirè (S 527), a Series 1 U212A Todaro-class attack submarine of Italian Navy, on Feb. 12, 2014.
The torpedo will be also installed on the Italian Navy’s under-development frigate, PPA Full(Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura, Offshore Multipurpose Patrol Ship).