CLEARANCE: Above Top Secret
- Jun 3, 2011
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The mini-torpedoes could be a game-changer and are set to be fielded on Virginia class submarines in the next few years.
I wouldn't think it an antisub weapon either FWIW. If a sub was close enough to use it on you've probably got a 21 torpedo or antiship missile headed your way.Looking more carefully I see what you mean. I didn't see the forward section; there seems to be some kind of electronics between the primary and secondary warheads. It still wouldn't be that much boom for a full sized sub target, but it probably would hurt enough to to wreck the hydrodynamics and flood a compartment/section.
Depends why it failed. (Or if it failed. We just know they got rid of it.)I suspect it would only be used in that fashion if nothing else was ready to fire. I think the main target set is future USVs, with an eye to being a hard torpedo countermeasure some time in the future. The defending boat would probably have to have a TMA on the incoming fish for that to be remotely feasible, so I'm not sure how practical that is given the failure of the system on the Nimitz class.