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New Italian torpedo test fired
UPI ^ | Jan. 31, 2014

Posted on 01/31/2014 9:30:08 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki

LIVORNO, Italy, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A new torpedo from Whitehead Sistemi Subacquei has been launched in a test by the Italian Navy.

The company said the Black Shark advanced torpedo was fired from the submarine Scire in "push out" mode, a water ram expulsion system that ejects the torpedo by means of high water pressure.

The firing was a test to assess progress in development of the torpedo, which will replace A-184 torpedoes now in service with the Italian Navy.

"The Black Shark is the result of Italian research and cutting-edge technology," said Alessandro Franzoni, chief executive officer of WASS, "an example of national excellence in the field of underwater defense equipment through the use of innovative technical solutions for the propulsion systems, power generation and electro-acoustics.

"Thanks to its high quality standards it will succeed in all main international markets."

Whitehead Sistemi Subacquei said the test took place in the Gulf of La Spezia but gave no other details.

Whitehead Sistemi Subacquei is a subsidiary of Finmeccanica and produces underwater systems

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2014/01/31/New-Italian-torpedo-test-fired/UPI-47101391201508/#ixzz2s2sSX4J2


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blackshark; italy; torpedo

A Black Shark Advanced (BSA) torpedo, the latest heavy torpedo produced by WASS, is loaded onto the Italian navy submarine Sciré prior to its first test launch. (WASS photo)

1 posted on 01/31/2014 9:30:09 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I’m surprised that anybody is still developing new torpedoes and why?


2 posted on 01/31/2014 9:33:29 PM PST by doc1019
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To: doc1019

In case the State Dept doesn’t hand over Amanda Knox?


3 posted on 01/31/2014 9:39:31 PM PST by Paulie (Buy local, bank local, exert your influence locally; the left will fold like a cheap suit.)
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To: Paulie

ROFLMAO!! Now we on to something.


4 posted on 01/31/2014 9:41:06 PM PST by doc1019
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To: doc1019
Because they still sink ships better than anything else?

The Admiral Belgrano sinks after being hit by a British torpedo in the Falklands war.

5 posted on 01/31/2014 9:43:49 PM PST by Hugin
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To: Hugin

But what ships are they going to sink?


6 posted on 01/31/2014 9:45:52 PM PST by doc1019
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Ba-da Bing! Ba-da Boom!


7 posted on 01/31/2014 9:47:42 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: doc1019

Sounds like it’s for sale to other countries as much or more than for their own navy. Still, if you have a navy, might as well have a good one.


8 posted on 01/31/2014 9:49:44 PM PST by Hugin
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To: sukhoi-30mki

figured it was a calzone.


9 posted on 01/31/2014 9:50:13 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
black peperoni is more like it...
10 posted on 01/31/2014 9:58:53 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The US Navy ships are USS, the British Navy is HMS, and the Italian Navy is AMB: Atsa Ma Boat!


11 posted on 01/31/2014 10:00:53 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The Italian torpedo sailed into a foriegn port and changed sides, just as it was designed to do.

And why does the new Italian navy have glass-bottomed boats?
(Rimshot)


12 posted on 01/31/2014 10:02:05 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Sopresatta, Cappicola, Provalone......


13 posted on 01/31/2014 10:12:35 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Hugin

Actually it was the General Belgrano, not Admiral. But one torpedo in a main space was all it took (the first torpedo blew off her bow but that hit alone was survivable.)


14 posted on 01/31/2014 10:38:39 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: GATOR NAVY
Actually it was the General Belgrano, not Admiral.

Hey, you're right, I misremembered. God I hate getting old.

15 posted on 01/31/2014 10:49:24 PM PST by Hugin
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To: GATOR NAVY; Hugin

I wish we could have gotten the Phoenix back as a museum ship.

Probably never would have happened though—— any gooberment that could scrap the Enterprise ( CV6) wouldn’t have made the effort for a light cruiser.


16 posted on 01/31/2014 10:53:13 PM PST by Rockpile
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To: Paulie

OK now that was funny....


17 posted on 01/31/2014 11:10:30 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: P.O.E.

Now that’s my kind of Italian Sub!!
Yum!

actually I could go for one right this minute......
ugh


18 posted on 01/31/2014 11:34:47 PM PST by mowowie
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Water pushout....must be a very quiet launch. Shrouds around the propellers might be quiet, too. Nose is flat. Not sure why but might create a broad pressure wave that makes it difficult for sonar? Stealth torpedo?


19 posted on 02/01/2014 3:15:33 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I thought it would look like a hoagie


20 posted on 02/01/2014 5:11:01 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: mowowie

I can’t wait ‘til lunch, as usual


21 posted on 02/01/2014 6:40:27 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Hugin; doc1019
Because they still sink ships better than anything else?

Exactly. A torpedo under the keel of a ship will be an almost guaranteed kill. All modern navies (including the USN) have advanced torpedoes and torpedo modernization/new generation programs. A torpedo under a ship is a legit nightmare scenario ...more so than a anti-ship missile.

22 posted on 02/01/2014 10:25:37 AM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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