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Mk 44 lightweight torpedo

Country of Origin: USA


The Mk 44 is a lightweight, 12.75-in (324-mm) torpedo for use against submarines by helicopters, aircraft and surface ships. The Mk 44 was the U.S. Navy's first lightweight torpedo, being developed to a size and weight requirement for use from airships ("blimps").

The Mk 44 is driven by a battery-powered electric motor; the batteries are activated by seawater. Initial course and depth settings are fed to the torpedo through an umbilical cable in the launcher. After launch, the Mk...

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