The French fleet successfully tested the F21 torpedo.
The French Navy is preparing to receive new heavy torpedoes of a new generation. The Naval Group company and the Arms Procurement Agency of the French Ministry of Defense successfully tested the F21 torpedoes, Warspot reports with reference to the portal navyrecognition.com. The final tests of the torpedoes were carried out from the side of a Rubis submarine and were considered successful.
F21 Torpedo Prototype
New torpedoes F21 designed to replace the main 533-mm torpedoes F17 Mod 2, standing in service with the French Navy. They will go into service with atomic multi-purpose submarines of the Rubis type and nuclear missile submarines of the Le Triomphant type. In addition, they are supposed to arm six already ordered but not yet built atomic multi-purpose submarines of the Suffren type (the Barracuda project).
Also, the F30 torpedoes 21 were ordered by Brazil to equip four non-nuclear submarines of the modified Scorpene project, being built together with DCNS under the PROSUB Brazilian program.
The development of F21 torpedoes began in the 2008 year, it was originally supposed that they should have entered the army in the 2015 year, but later the date shifted to the 2019 year. The delay occurred due to the change of contractors during the work on the torpedo.
6-meter torpedo caliber 533 mm weighs almost a half tons and can reach speeds up to 50 nodes (93 km / h). The damage range is declared by the developer in 50 km and depths to 500 m. The combined guidance system includes an active-passive speaker system and telecontrol via fiber-optic cable. The warhead is equipped with insensitive to the external influence of the PBX B2211 explosive. Total for the French Navy ordered 93 torpedoes.
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