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Originally posted by tomcat ha
In fact i know only very few people here in the netherlands who know about the barracuda ...
... so it would be a sucky name for propaganda purposes because people do not know what they are.
Barracuda is a technology demonstration program for a supercavitating underwater missile for defence against torpedoes and for engagement of submarines. It is equipped with a rocket motor, inertial reference unit/autopilot and a mobile, conus-shaped tip. The rocket motor provides Barracuda with an underwater speed of 360km/hr, the inertial reference unit/autopilot stabilizes the missile and the flexible nose cone provides steering. During underwater travel, Barracuda moves in an air bubble, the so-called cavitation bubble which greatly reduces the water resistance, thus enabling the high speed. Some test models of the underwater missile have been built, successfully demonstrating stable straight and curved path accuracy in several tests. Barracuda will be deployed from submarines and from surface vessels.
Originally posted by Lonestar24
Surprisingly it seems that the popular science articles posted earlier in this thread seem to be more or less correct, the earlier figure of 800km/h has reportedly been reached in laboratory conditions (not reflected in this announcement).
I am however not aware of any current interest of the Marine (german Navy) into this technology - too much other things to buy right now.
[edit on 3/4/2006 by Lonestar24]