posted on Oct, 6 2005 @ 10:48 AM
If you launch torpedos straight up the boat would have a very tight restriction on the speed at which it could launch. Tomahawks and ballistic
missiles are launched from the hover, when you shoot fish you are travelling, sometimes at flank.
The angled tubes in the Los Angeles class (allegedly) invoke a speed penalty, as torpedoes could be damaged during the launch process if conducted at
As for aft tubes, the advent of pre-programmable and steerable torpedos removed that requirement, you just have to extend the run to enable times to
account for the time taken for the fish to do a WIDE 180 and get clear of the launch sub. For surface targets, the Tomahawks have an "over the
shoulder" capability for close range targets that are in the subs baffles.