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  • Buried In Trump's Nuclear Report: A Russian Doomsday Weapon

    02/03/2018 4:11:27 AM PST · by beaversmom · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | February 2, 2018 | Geoff Brumfiel
    The Trump administration released a report on the state of America's nuclear weaponry on Friday. The assessment, known as a Nuclear Posture Review, mainly concerns U.S. nukes and missiles. But buried in the plan is a mention of a mysterious Russian weapon called "Status-6." On paper, at least, Status-6 appears to be a kind of doomsday device. The report refers to it as "a new intercontinental, nuclear-armed, nuclear-powered, undersea autonomous torpedo." "The radius of total or near-total destruction is the size of a pretty large metropolitan area, actually," says Edward Geist, a Russia specialist at the Rand Corp. who has...
  • 140 years since the first successful torpedo attack today.

    140 years ago, Imperial Navy was the first in the world to use torpedoes in combat. The attack was carried out within the framework of the Russo-Turkish War and proved the effectiveness of torpedoes for conducting combat operations. More details about the development of torpedoes and their first application are told by In 1877 another Russian-Turkish war began. It was ignited, in particular, by the rise of the national liberation movement in the Balkans and the aggravation of international contradictions in this connection. Russia supported the fraternal Slavic peoples in the Balkans. Attempts to resolve the conflict diplomatically did...
  • Mystery of how H.L. Hunley's crew died is solved after 150 years

    08/23/2017 1:24:57 PM PDT · by DFG · 76 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 08/23/2017 | Tim Collins
    The first combat submarine to sink an enemy ship also instantly killed its own eight-man crew with the powerful explosive torpedo it carried, new research has found. The HL Hunley fought for the confederacy in the US civil war and was sunk near North Charleston, South Carolina, in 1864. Speculation about the crew's deaths has included suffocation and drowning, but a new study claims that a shockwave created by their own weapon was to blame.
  • Brazilian Submarines Equipped with New Torpedoes

    05/04/2017 6:53:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Diálogo ^ | 05/03/2017 | Andréa Barretto
    The Brazilian Navy (MB, per its Portuguese acronym) is planning an exercise to test its MK-48 torpedoes, a new weapon being installed in the national fleet’s five submarines. This training is meant to let service members in the Submarine Force Command observe the system in operation, and the torpedo in use. “The last launch was successfully done in October 2016, from the Tupi (S-30) submarine. It was done in the final phase of certification testing for the combat system. That exercise took place in the vicinity of Rio de Janeiro,” stated Rear Admiral Oscar Moreira da Silva Filho, commander of...
  • Russia designing new ‘aircraft carrier killer’ torpedo to boost naval power

    10/27/2016 5:49:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Russia Behind the Headlines ^ | October 26, 2016 | ALEXANDER VERSHININ
    In early October, Russian military analysts reported that a group of designers working for the navy were completing work on a completely new high-speed torpedo. The widely-known Shkval (“Squall”) torpedo, which for a long time was a global leader in terms of speed and the destructive force of its warhead, will be replaced by a new torpedo, called Khishchnik (“Predator”). No specific information is available yet on what the new torpedo is like and what its technical characteristics are: The project is classified. It is only known that it is being developed by the Elektropribor design bureau, which specializes in...
  • Taiwan’s Subs to Get US-Made Mk-48 Torpedoes: Report

    09/09/2016 5:28:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    TheNewsLens ^ | 2016/09/09
    After years of prevarication, the U.S. government is reported to have finally agreed to sell Mark-48 (Mk-48) heavyweight torpedoes to Taiwan. Made by Raytheon Corp, the Mk-48 Advanced Capability (ADCAP) torpedo can be used against a variety of targets in deep-water and littoral environments. The torpedoes will be outfitted onto Taiwan’s two combat-ready Hai Lung-class (“Sea Dragon”) attack submarines. “Software-based guidance and control enables autonomous operation, ‘fire and forget’ tactics, simultaneous multiple target engagement and close-in attack,” the manufacturer states on its website. It can also be controlled via wire link. Acquired from the Netherlands in the 1980s, the Hai...
  • Contract for 98 Black Shark torpedoes scrapped, Indian nuclear submarine programme further delayed

    06/01/2016 12:08:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    India Today ^ | June 1, 2016 | Sandeep Unnithan
    The scrapping of a Rs 1,800 crore contract for 98 Black Shark torpedoes last week has directly impacted a critical strategic project, the construction of four 'Arihant' class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs). Three of the four SSBNs were to have been equipped to fire Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes, whose purchase the Ministry of Defence (MoD) cancelled last week. The cancellation would mean modifications to the SSBN's torpedo tubes and delay induction of the second vessel by two to three years. Torpedo maker Whitehead Alenia Systemi Subacquei (WASS) is a subsidiary of Italian arms manufacturer Finmeccanica. The MoD believes Finmeccanica subsidiary...
  • The P-8 Poseidon Will Get Winged Torpedoes To Kill Subs At Long-Range

    05/22/2016 4:21:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | MAY 20, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Adding range and smart guidance to existing munitions, via a kit, is the backbone of America’s “smart weapon” revolution. Laser guided bombs, GPS guided JDAMs, and Wind Corrected Munitions Dispensers are all bolt-on kits that drastically increase the capability of existing air-dropped weapons. Now, the Mark 54 light-weight torpedo is getting this same treatment via the High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapon Capability (HAAWC for short). The HAAWC concept is relatively straightforward. The folding-wing kit contains a flight control computer and GPS, and attaches via a set of collars to a Mark 54 torpedo. Once launched, HAAWC's wings spring out and...
  • Royal Navy fires first torpedo from stealth sub using new AI system

    03/02/2016 9:54:25 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    DAILYMAIL.COM ^ | 2 March 2016 | MARK PRIGG
    The British Navy has fired its first torpedo using a radical new 'brain' fitted to a nuclear submarine. The Royal Navy's latest and most advanced Astute class submarine, Artful, used the Common Combat System for the first time. It acts as the submarine's 'brain' – controlling its 'eyes', 'ears' and 'nervous system'. Artful, the third in the Astute class family, is the first to use this new technology which is now being retrofitted to earlier Astute class submarines. Work will soon begin to also retrofit Vanguard class submarines. Paul Beavis, Combat Systems & Support Director for BAE Systems Submarines, said:...
  • Russia’s New ‘Nuclear Torpedo’ Can Create Giant Tsunamis And Wipe Out Entire Coastal Cities

    11/17/2015 9:59:10 AM PST · by amorphous · 81 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 16 Nov 2015 | Michael Snyder
    While the eyes of the world are on ISIS, Russia is creating weapons unlike anything the world has ever seen before. Plans for a giant self-propelled nuclear torpedo that can create a giant tsunami more than 1,000 feet tall were recently "leaked by mistake" by the Russian media. Apparently the warheads on these torpedos are designed to create so much radiation "that everything living will be killed" - including those that try to survive the attack by hiding in underground shelters. These "robotic mini-submarines" would have a range of up to 10,000 kilometers and would be able to evade all...
  • Analyst: Doomsday Nuclear Torpedo Leak Gives Insight to Russian Strategic Mindset

    11/14/2015 5:13:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 13, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    A proposed Russian submarine launched doomsday weapon — the existence of which was almost certainly leaked by the Kremlin — gives clues to the Russian mindset for the development of new strategic weapons in the face of the West’s increasing ballistic missile defense capability and Russia’s shrinking national assets, a naval analyst told USNI News on Thursday. The Status-6 weapon was revealed on Wednesday during a Russian broadcast of a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and military leaders in Sochi and a screengrab of the weapon was widely circulated following the broadcast. The weapon is allegedly a “robotic mini-submarine”...
  • Kremlin-controlled TV airs 'secret' plans for nuclear weapon

    11/12/2015 12:49:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | Lynn Berry and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press
    The airing of the video on television channels under tight Kremlin control raised suspicions that it was done intentionally to scare the West at a time when its ties with Russia are at the lowest point since the Cold War. ... Military experts and commentators traced the nuclear torpedo concept to the 1950s, when it was first offered by Andrei Sakharov, the father of Soviet thermonuclear bomb who later came to defy the Soviet system and won a Nobel Peace Prize. He proposed targeting the U.S. with high-yield nuclear torpedoes that would create huge tsunami waves and high levels of...
  • Marko Ramius Rubio

    10/29/2015 8:36:28 PM PDT · by BridgeOutAhead · 10 replies
    The Ramblin Man ^ | 10/29/2015 | Bruce Haynes
    The 1990 military thriller The Hunt for Red October was a terrific movie adapted from a great novel by the late Tom Clancy. The penultimate scene occurs when the captain of a Russian attack submarine, Viktor Tupelov, becomes frustrated after his adversary Marko Ramius, a defecting Russian commander played by Sean Connery, brilliantly outmaneuvers Tupelov’s torpedo attack. As his crew protests in doubt, Tupelov throws caution to the sea, removes the safety features from his second torpedo and fires it at Ramius and the Red October.
  • British warship fires dummy torpedo into nuclear naval base

    03/17/2014 6:15:04 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 14, 2014
    A British warship accidentally launched an inert torpedo during a training exercise on Wednesday, sending a dummy weapon crashing into a wharf at a naval base in southern England used by nuclear submarines.
  • New Italian torpedo test fired

    01/31/2014 9:30:08 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 31, 2014
    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...
  • Torpedoes and sandals: The daily life of a submarine's crew (Israel)

    09/26/2013 2:22:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies ^ | 09.26.13 | Yoav Zitun
    Torpedoes and sandals: The daily life of a submarine's crew A half-billion dollars worth submarine carries IDF soldiers to covert ops thousands of miles away from home. What does keeping quiet has to do with missile precision? What do they do when a soldier needs surgery? And who's the lucky guy who gets a daily shower? Ynet gets rare glimpse into Israel's most covert unit Few IDF soldiers receive a personal thank-you from a major general when they return to their base after an operation. Thus, the importance of the submarine unit, one of the most covert units in the...
  • Navy finally developing counter to Soviet-era weapon that is being used by China

    06/20/2013 12:01:52 PM PDT · by Saint X · 12 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | June 20, 2013 | U.S. Naval Insitute
    The Navy has taken its first steps to develop a weapon designed to intercept and destroy guided enemy torpedoes immune to U.S. countermeasures, Naval Sea Systems Command officials told USNI News on Wednesday. The Surface Ship Torpedo Defense (SSTD) program under development to protect high dollar surface warships — like the Navy’s Nimitz-class (CVN-71) nuclear aircraft carriers — from Soviet developed torpedoes specifically designed to attack large ships like aircraft carriers and large civillian oil tankers.
  • Experts find new evidence in submarine mystery

    01/29/2013 7:04:46 AM PST · by libstripper · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 28, 2013 | BRUCE SMITH
    Researchers say they may have the final clues needed to solve the mystery of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, which never resurfaced after it became the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship, taking its eight-man crew to a watery grave.
  • USS Willie D Greeting: "Don't Shoot we're Republicans!" [World War II]

    08/27/2012 12:42:08 PM PDT · by topher · 12 replies
    The Ill-FatedUSS WILLIAM D. PORTER ["Willie D"] Kit Bonner, The Retired Officer Magazine, March 1994 --------------------------------------------------------- The "Willie Dee" created havoc from the time she was commissioned in July, 1943 until her unusual, and perhaps, charmed demise in June 1945. From November 1943 until her bizarre loss in June 1945, the American destroyer William D. Porter was often met with the clever greeting. "Don't shoot, we're Republicans!" when she entered port or joined other naval ships. The significance of this expression was almost a cult secret of the United States Navy until the story resurfaced and received wide publicity after...
  • ATLAS ELEKTRONIK sets new range record for Torpedoes, reaching more than 140 Km

    05/16/2012 10:08:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 16 May 2012
    ATLAS ELEKTRONIK sets new range record for Torpedoes, reaching more than 140 Km ATLAS ELEKTRONIK has increased the reach of its torpedoes substantially, setting a new range record for torpedoes. At a test-firing in March 2012, the heavyweight torpedo SeaHake® mod4 ER (Extended Range) achieved a range of over 140 kilometres. SeaHake® mod 4 is the latest advancement of the DM 2 A4 heavyweight torpedo, which is in service with the German Navy as well as the navies of Turkey, Pakistan and Spain. By fully exploiting the system’s unique propulsion and battery technology, it became possible to surpass the maximum...