Critical Indigenous Solution for Submarine Technologies from STM & BAU

Issue 103

STM and Bahçeşehir University (BAU) have collaborated to develop Turkey's first indigenous water spectrum measurement device. The device, which is used for underwater analysis in submarines and research ships, and of critical significance in tactical and operational environment applications, stands out as an important step towards minimizing the foreign dependency of our country in maritime technologies.

Assuming an important role in the defense industry and national technology move of our country under the guidance of the Presidency of Defense Industries, STM Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş., in collaboration with Bahçeşehir University (BAU), indigenously developed the water spectrum measurement device used in underwater analysis in submarines and research ships and put its signature on an important success to minimize foreign dependency in this field.

The Underwater Optical Spectrum Device, developed to analyze water absorption, comes to the fore as a device to reinforce the power of our country in submarine technologies. Developed and produced by BAU Innovation and Consultancy within the scope of TUBITAK TEYDEB 1501 Projects, this device will also contribute to the increasing efficiency of our country in territorial waters. The device, which can be used for two different purposes, is able to make hydrographic measurements in the area. It can also be used instead of CTD Probes integrated in research ships and submarines. One of the most important features is that it can conduct instant measurements at a depth of 1,500 meters compared to the devices currently in use. Moreover, it differs in terms of optical conductivity; it can be used instead of imported CTD probes which are used in existing submarine platforms and it can conduct depth-based sound velocity calculations.

Critically Important in Submarines 

The Underwater Optical Spectrum Device, which offers a measurement system for our country to conduct scientific research in oceanographic and hydrographic fields, is able to measure real time optical conductivity of water, depending on the wavelength, different from similar systems throughout the world. With this device, which has a key importance in submarines in tactical and operational environment applications, the salinity, temperature and pressure values can also be measured at different depth levels, and such data allow the calculation of various hydrographic information such as hydrocarbon distribution, speed of sound in the water and the water quality. Currently, the device is licensed to STM for sales and marketing activities, assembly and integration into submarine platforms.