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Why are current American torpedoes have flat noses?

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posted on Mar, 23 2006 @ 04:27 PM
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Hmmm.... Looks like it may just be a protective nosecap for VLA launches, discarded after deployment. The actual schematics for both the Mk-46 & Mk-50 show a conical nose with a small flattened circular plate at the tip.

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posted on Mar, 25 2006 @ 06:15 AM
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Originally posted by Wembley

Nice idea, but the US does not yet deploy supercavitating torpedoes - this would create a prblme with both propulsion and steering.

The only known supercavitating one is the Russian Shkval, which is rocket-propelled and can't steer.

Hydrodynamics is complex and the relatively blunt nose may reduce friction; but there may be other reasons too. Missiles aren't exactly needle-pointed either.


I read somewhere that the Shkval is now slightly steerable.



posted on Mar, 25 2006 @ 07:39 AM
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Originally posted by tomcat ha
I read somewhere that the Shkval is now slightly steerable.


Unlikely, as any control surfaces would gave to touch the water which would destroy the supercavity. If you could produce the article where you saw this, I'd be very interested.



posted on Mar, 25 2006 @ 04:11 PM
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This says that it is believed possible, but not done yet.
Scroll down to "Profile of a Supercavitating Torpedo":

diodon349.com...



posted on Mar, 26 2006 @ 11:42 AM
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Lockheed Martin's supercavitating bunker buster is supposed to have a steerable version.
The vanilla flavor is stable and unsteerable; the more advanced version is unstable and therefore sterrable, and has much greater penetration.
Whether it actually works is another question...


See details in the patent at
www.armscontrolwonk.com...



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