Cybicom puts Weapon Control Unit into SA Navy submarine simulator


South African defence systems integrator Cybicom is upgrading the South African Navy’s submarine simulator with a weapons control capability.

Due to financial constraints the SA Navy’s submarine simulator, the Engineering Test Bed (ETB), was not fitted with a weapons control capability when it was commissioned three years ago. Cybicom designed and built the ETB for the Navy to train Type 209 submarine crews and test combat and other systems.

The addition of the Weapon Control Unit (WCU) allows the behaviour of a weapon to be simulated with high accuracy.

A large part of the training of submarine commanding officers takes place on the ETB. The ETB also acts as a testing facility for submarine components, platforms, upgrades, weapons, and software.

The current work to fit a weapons control capability includes installation of a control unit and emulated tubes for four torpedoes. As the weapons control unit is housed on a trolley, it can be moved from the ETB to a workshop to test a torpedo prior to loading into a submarine tube.

Meanwhile, OSI Maritime Systems recently announced it was in discussion with Cybicom Atlas Defence to provide in-country support for the integration of OSI’s Integrated Navigation Bridge System (INBS) and Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (WECIDIS).

OSI is looking to the present and future opportunities in South Africa and the increasing need for companies to ensure there is sufficient and competent in-country support. In order to meet this need, OSI is in discussions with CAD to fulfil the key service of being the in-country support partner, to provide local knowledge, technical advice, and project assistance to ensure the success of OSI INBS and WECDIS Systems, OSI said.

OSI has been actively pursuing opportunities with the South African Navy for many years and last year was awarded a contract to provide the South African Navy with Tactical-Asset Control and Tracking Systems (T-ACT) that will be installed on rigid-hull inflatable boats used to support maritime security operations.