Turkey’s first indigenous water spectrum measurement device appertaining to submarine technologies has been developed in collaboration of Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret AŞ (STM) and Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi (BAU).
The first domestic production in the field “to analyze the water absorption, an apparatus of underwater analyzer” will strengthen Turkey’s position in submarine technology. This device, in collaboration of STM and BAU, has been developed and produced by the BAU Innovation and Consulting as a part of the Scientific and Technologic Research Council of Turkey – Innovation Funding Programs Directorate’s 1501 Projects. This new development will provide support for the recently increased activity in Turkey’s territorial waters, but also will be used in submarines and research ships to reduce the external dependency in doing underwater analysis.
The device will do hydrographic measurements and will also be used instead of “CTD probes” (depth-based sound velocity calculations) in the submarines and research ships. Distinguishing features of the device from the other existing products are that it can make instant measurements at a depth of 1500 meters, it differs in terms of optical conductivity, and it can be used instead of imported CTD probes already used in existing submarines.
Underwater optical spectrum device, besides its contribution to the defense industry, offers a valuable measurement system for scientific research done in oceanographic and hydrographic fields in Turkey. The difference of this device from the similar systems in the world is that it measures the optical conductivity of water in real time depending on the wave length. In the measurements made with the Underwater Optical Spectrum Device, besides the optical conductivity of the water, salinity, temperature and pressure values at different depth levels can also be obtained. These data allow the calculation of a lot of hydrographic information such as hydrocarbon distribution, speed of sound in the water and water quality.
The most common operational use of this device, called CTD probe, is in submarine ships. The device and the data it measures are of critical importance in the submarine’s tactical and operational field applications.
The device was licensed to SDT in order to carry out sales and marketing activities after production, and to provide necessary after-sales engineering and field expertise for assembly and integration into submarine platforms.