STM’s Euronaval Push Results in a New Project and New Collaboration

18 Aralık 2018

Alper ÇALIK /

STM signed two important contracts in the field of naval defence at the Euronaval 2018 exhibition held in Paris. The first of these is a protocol covering the development of new underwater optical communication systems, signed between Bahçeşehir University (BAU), HENSOLDT and STM.

Within the scope of a task assigned by the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), STM and BAU worked previously together on the development of an optical communication system to link submarines and divers. The protocol signed at Euronaval 2018 will see the integration of the system developed by STM and BAU into the Submarine Optical Surveillance System developed by HENSOLDT. HENSOLDT’s optical surveillance system provides 360-degree surveillance capabilities to submarines, and supports various camera configurations.

Optical communication systems offer numerous advantages over systems that rely on radio frequencies (RF), foremost among which are their resistance to jamming and eavesdropping.

Presently, STM and BAU have developed prototype optical communication systems for land, naval and air platforms. The start of serial production of these systems will see the entry into the market of communication systems that are more secure than RF-based systems.


International Collaboration for Certification


The second contract signed by STM was a collaboration agreement in the field of certification. Signed with the Norwegian DNV GL company, the contract envisages the certification of STM’s various naval platform modernisation works to be carried out abroad.

Noting that gaining superior mission capabilities related to surface and underwater platforms require high quality materials, high-tech production and an exceptional quality control process, STM officials predict that this collaboration will pave the way for further international projects involving the repair, modernisation and construction of naval platforms.

STM’s press release concerning this development read as follows: “As naval platforms are among today’s most complex military systems, it is essential to ensure the consistency of quality control processes and [the use] of the latest technologies. Together with DNV GL, we will ensure the reliability of the naval fleets of the foreign naval forces to which we provide modernisation services.”

DNV GL stands out as a certification and classification agency with over 40 years of experience in a broad variety of repair and half-life modernisation projects, ranging from the security assessment to the classification of both newly constructed naval platforms and existing platforms belonging to different naval forces.


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