The Italian Navy has selected Leonardo’s Black Shark Advanced (BSA) torpedoes to equip its Todaro-class U212A submarines.
The new equipment is expected to significantly increase the Anti-Submarine Warfare capability of the Navy.
Leonardo also will provide associated logistical support services as part of the arrangement.
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.
The U212 submarine was built by Fincantieri and has been developed under an agreement between the Ministries of Defence of Germany and Italy, which established a joint German-Italian submarine programme.
The 57.15m-long vessel has a surface displacement of 1,509t and a submerged displacement of 1,720t.
The Black Shark Advanced is an evolution of the Black Shark heavy torpedo, already acquired by many countries including Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Portugal and Singapore.