Post by kiwithrottlejockey on Oct 7, 2017 14:10:04 GMT 12
Ah, but can they defend themselves against a Russian Shkval or Iranian Hoot supercavitating torpedo?
Both are literally underwater missiles.
I can remember the topic of the Iranian supercavitating torpedo coming up in a U.S. Senate Defence Committee hearing which was reported on in The Washington Post a few years ago. Pentagon officials were being quite alarmist about it, saying it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for a ship to defend itself against such a missile/torpedo. During the second or third day of the hearing, one of the politicians demanded to know why it was being discussed in the public domain, and not long after that, the articles on The Washington Post's website disappeared from public view. Which makes me wonder if the Pentagon leaned on the news media in some way.
There was a report in a Middle Eastern newspaper earlier this year about Iran successfully testing a Hoot torpedo (I understand it is launched in a missile, but enters the sea many miles away from the target), but I cannot recall which newspaper website it was on.
If you aren't living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!