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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Jun 2018 2:28 p.m. PST

"A weapon that may be closer to entering service is the Hoot ("Whale") supercavitating torpedo, which reportedly can attain speeds of over two hundred miles per hour—around four times faster than a typical modern torpedo. This is achieved by using rocket exhaust heat to vaporize water in the path of the torpedo, allowing it travel in a gas bubble with minimal drag resistance. The first Hoot tests were broadcast on Iranian TV back in 2006, and the weapon reportedly underwent new trials in 2015 and May 2017, though the outcome of those tests is unknown. Defense analysts believe the Hoot to be reverse engineered from the Russian Shkval torpedo.

The Iranian military has long planned for a defensive naval war in the Persian Gulf, in which it would leverage its large fleet of fast attack boats toting antiship missiles to launch swarming hit-and-run attacks on adversaries in along Persian Gulf, with the ultimate goal of shutting down passage through the Straits of Hormuz…."
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Lion in the Stars02 Jun 2018 7:45 p.m. PST

From what I understand of the Shkval, it's unguided. Makes a very good "return fire" weapon to use if someone shoots a torpedo at you before you can shoot one at them. I will also note that the original Shkval were nuclear-tipped.

But an unguided torpedo is very unlikely to hit a maneuvering submarine, and is unneeded against a surface ship.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2018 2:24 p.m. PST

Thanks for the info!


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