The STM-500 mini submarine was designed to provide a deterrent in shallow areas at relatively low cost.
The STM-500 mini submarine, designed and developed by STM, will be exhibited at the IDEAS 2022 defense fair to be held in Pakistan. Pakistan is currently looking to procure mini-submarines for its navy under the Shallow Water Assault Submarine (SWAS) project. The STM-500 mini submarine, which will be exhibited at the fair, is also expected to participate in this project. Within the scope of the project, it is planned to supply 3 mini submarines.
The mini submarine STM-500 was exhibited for the first time at the Azerbaijan International Defense Industry Fair ADEX 2022, one of the important defense fairs of the South Caucasus and Central Asia region, held at Baku Expo Center on September 6-8, 2022.
An important step in the production of the STM500 submarine!
STM published the Marine Projects document, revealing a small submarine design called the STM500. At the 10th Naval Systems Seminar, it was announced that the construction of the STM500 small-sized submarine is planned to start in 2022.
On June 26, 2022, PDI President Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, “Historical step in our national submarine adventure!” he said. Demir also made the following statements:
“We are starting the production activity of the #STM500 submarine, which was designed by Turkish engineers with national resources, with the test production of a durable boat. The STM500 is designed to be able to operate in both open sea and shallow waters. The STM500 will be equipped with advanced and modern warfare systems, which will contain equipment that will meet tactical needs such as reconnaissance and surveillance, special forces operations, and submarine warfare.”
STM 500 mini submarine
The STM 500 class designed by STM is still in the project phase. The submarine class has a surface displacement of 485t and a submerged displacement of 540t. It is 42m long and 8.5m wide. The submarine, which can reach a maximum speed of 18 knots, has an economic speed of 5 knots. The submarine, which is capable of firing 8 heavy torpedoes and guided missiles in total with 4 ready-to-fire torpedo tubes, also has the ability to cast mines. It can carry a 6-person special forces team as well as a crew of 18.
The following are expected to be used as sensors in the submarine:
- Battle Management System
- Navigation Radar
- Optronic Navigation and Assault Periscopes
- Torpedo Countermeasure – Deceivers Electronic
- Electronic Support Measures (ESM)
- Floating Antenna (BWA)
- Sonars: CAS, CTA, PRS, MAS, IDRS, ONA4