French firm to work on SA torpedo batteries

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French firm SAFT has been awarded a R2 389 917.94 contract to supply SUT torpedo secondary batteries to the South African Navy and to refurbish the primary batteries of the underwater weapon.

The AEG SUT 264 heavyweight torpedo is the main weapon of the Manthatisi-class diesel-electric submarine fleet of the SA Navy. The 533mm (21 inch) diameter German submarine torpedo was deployed in the SAN from 2006. The wire-guided weapon features active/passive onboard terminal guidance and has a range of 28km at 23 knots or 12km at 35 knots. The torpedo carries a 250kg RDX warhead initiated by magnetic field or contact.

The SAFT follows a R3 million contract awarded to the Institute for Maritime Technology (IMT), part of the Armscor Defence Institutes, in March to provide undisclosed submarine underwater torpedo support services to the South African Navy.

Procurement of SUT torpedo secondary batteries and refurbishment of primary batteries

EMTM/2010/375 26 May 2011 R2 389 917,94 SAFT t/a Defence and Space Division

Poitiers France

Submarine underwater torpedo support services

ETMG/2010/401 23 Mar 2011 R3 066 899,60 Armscor Defence Institutes (Pty) Ltd
t/a Institute for Maritime Technology

Maintenance and support services of the submarine underwater torpedo systems for the South African Navy – extension of ELGS/2009/27

LGS/S2010/4470 30 Sep 2010 R307 955,83 Armscor Defence Institutes (Pty) Ltd
t/a Institute for Maritime Technology

Maintenance and support services of the submarine underwater torpedo systems for the South African Navy



ELGS/2009/27 20 Aug 2009 R4 129 530,07 Armscor Defence Institutes (Pty) Ltd
t/a Institute for Maritime Technology