Three SEA Asian Navies Using SEA Torpedo Launch Systems
In recent years SEA, a Cohort plc company, has established itself as a leading supplier of Torpedo Launch Systems (TLS). At DSA in Kuala Lumpur this week the company is highlighting its regional success in the field – three Southeast Asian navies are now using SEA TLS solutions.
Building on experience gained in developing TLS and decoy systems for Britain’s Royal Navy, SEA’s initial success in Asia was the supply of a triple-stack trainable NATO standard lightweight TLS for the Royal Thai Navy’s DW3000F-class frigate under build by DSME in South Korea. Acceptance of the TLS was achieved earlier this year.
More recently, SEA won an order to provide Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea with similar TLS for two new HDF-3000 frigates being built for the Philippine Navy. However, the company’s biggest success is the on-going supply of TLS and weapons handling systems for a new class of Littoral Combat Ships under construction for the Royal Malaysian Navy. The systems include a significant level of content manufactured in Malaysia.
One of the major benefits of SEA’s TLS is that they can be configured to fire any NATO standard light weight torpedo, enabling operators to benefit from the flexibility of choosing the best weapon independently and the option of re-configuring during the life of the ship. The modular nature of the SEA TLS also means that by using a common tube selection panel as part of the combat management system, the fire control electronics can be adapted to interface with the ship’s decoy launchers as well as the TLS.
“Based on technology originally developed for the UK Royal Navy, SEA has become a leading supplier to navies in SE Asia and we are confident that there are further opportunities in new build and refurbishment projects for frigates and other similar ships throughout the region,” observed SEA’s Asia Vice President, Strategic Accounts, David Hinds.