Leonardo will supply Black Shark Advanced (BSA) torpedoes and associated logistic support services to equip the Italian Navy’s U212A 2nd Series submarines. The new equipment will increase the Anti-Submarine Warfare capability of the Navy.
The BSA is an evolution of the Black Shark heavy torpedo, which is already used by Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Portugal and Singapore. This version integrates an energy production section that can be optimized for training or operational purposes. When the BSA is used for training, a newly developed rechargeable battery allows a higher number of launches – up to one hundred – compared to that of previous versions. In the operational configuration, the BSA is equipped with a battery that ensures an increase in capabilities and performance and a decrease in life-cycle costs.
The BSA torpedo was developed in a collaboration between the Italian Navy and industry and is manufactured by Leonardo in Italy.