Armscor has issued a tender for a heavy weight torpedo system for the South African Navy’s Heroine class submarines, some years after it was announced that the Navy will be getting new torpedoes.
In a request for offer dated 11 September 2017 and entitled “Fully integrated heavy weight torpedo system (HWT) for the SA Navy Type 209 Mod RSA Submarine,” Armscor said it “intends obtaining formal and binding offers for the acquisition of a heavy weight torpedo (HWT) system for the South African Navy (SAN).”
Closing date for the tender is 5 March 2018, with a compulsory bidders conference planned after the issue of the request for offers (RFO) – this will take place in Simon’s Town between 23 and 27 October 2017.
Armscor said the heavy weight torpedo system must consist of inter alia Military Off-The-Shelf (MOTS) combat and exercise torpedoes that will be fully integrated by the prime contractor onto the Engineering Test Bed (ETB) of the Type 209 Mod RSA submarine and the three Type 209 Mod RSA submarines.
“The HWTs required are combat and exercise heavy weight torpedoes that can be operated from Type 209 Mod RSA submarines,” Armscor said.
Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) listed as being relevant to the contract include the German Submarine Consortium comprising Thyssen Nordseewerke, Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft (HDW) and Ferrostaal, Atlas Elektronik, Cybicom Atlas Defence (responsible for the ETB), HDW (torpedo tubes and mine laying control system), Zeiss/Hensoldt Optronics (periscopes), Raytheon (navigation data management centre), Saab (electronic warfare system) and Leonardo (torpedo countermeasures).
Armscor said it intends to acquire the torpedoes from a single prime contractor.
News of torpedo acquisition surfaced in the 2014/15 Department of Defence annual report, which stated that the Navy will be replacing its heavyweight torpedo capability, along with acquiring a hydrographic vessel, inshore and offshore patrol vessels and upgrading the frigates and static communications.
It is believed the new torpedoes will replace the existing SUT 264s, which were only intended as an interim weapon. The Department of Defence expects the torpedo capability to be replaced by 2022/23.