Co-development of the SeaSpider™ explosive section in Canada is being prepared by ATLAS ELEKTRONIK and Canadian enterprises. The sea-trials of the German-Dutch torpedo defence study progress with the SeaSpider™ prototype graduating to above water launch in preparation for at-sea trials series starting in autumn 2016.
The third generation SeaSpider™ prototype is developed and produced for the binational German-Dutch torpedo defence study. The improvements comprise the sonar processing, inertial navigation system and control & guidance electronics.
SeaSpider™ is the centerpiece of a bi-national torpedo defence study program of Germany and the Netherlands.
Further sea trials of the SeaSpider™ prototype in the Baltic Sea.
The rocket propelled SeaSpider™ prototype performs close loop homing into closest point of approach on a free running heavyweight torpedo in the challenging shallow water environment of the Baltic Sea. This demonstration of the relevant capability in a relevant environment with the integrated prototype constitutes proof Technological Readiness Level 6 (TRL 6) is attained.
Sea trials with the SeaSpider™ prototype against a variety of artificial targets serve to develop and mature sonar and mission algorithms.
Technologies come together. The proven rocket propulsion and the dedicated homing sonar are integrated into the SeaSpider™ prototype.
The development of the SeaSpider™ ATT follows the technological research model. After the initial exploratory development phase a first development and testing campaign focusses on the prototype ATT vehicle’s rocket propulsion, guidance and stabilisation and ensured beneficial self-noise characteristics. The ATT sonar is developed in parallel and undergoes static tests.
Torpedo defence is a fundamental requirement of the German Navy. Decades of exploratory research and doctrinal study lead to the result that only a “hardkill” defence system promises sufficient performance. After exploration of other hardkill alternatives only the ATT with its homing capability is considered a valid concept covering all threat scenarios.