Man there are some Navy amatures on this forum. To correct several poorly made points.
First, According to Janes, the Shkval was sold to China, so Russia isn't the only country that has them.
Source: Rupert Pengelley, “Grappling For Submarine Supremacy,” Jane’s International Defense Review, July 1996, p. 53.
The German Barracuda has been around awhile...
...not to mention DARPA actually invented the concept before the Russians, and is currently working on a new project to use supercavitation to deploy
Navy SEALs. Just because the US didn't make a weapon for production, doesn't mean it hasn't been done in testing.
Second, this isn't news, it is just verification. Last year Chinese press reported that Iran was producing new torpedoes.
Now to the meat and potatoes, look closer to the torpedo, it is not the Russian Shkval, it is clearly an Iranian produced version. Notice the small
slanting-ellipsoid frontal cavitator, that is western design (similar to the Barracuda actually, compare the pics), not Russian. I expect you will see
sub experts coming out of the woodwork about this over the next few weeks.
Fourth, whoever was talking about the CBG... The US Navy no longer deploys Carrier Battle Groups, that is cold war speak.
In 2004, the US Navy reorganized into 3 distinct types of surface task forces, the Carrier Strike Group, the Expeditionary Strike Group, and the
Surface Action Group.
While none of these Task Force elements have the same makeup or design, the basic idea is:
Any 4-6 ship combination of the following:
Any 6-7 ship combination of the following
Any 3-5 ship combination of the following:
This isn't the task force age anymore, that died with the cold war. The US Navy is now in the CEC networked battle force age where ships and groups
combine together and with allies to create force multipliers.
Finally, John Pike noted during interviews tonight that the new Iranian torpedo did not have homing capability and was launched from a dedicated test
platform. While certainly interesting on TV, it is the modern military equal to a WWII submarine with a fast torpedo. He mentioned the manueverability
of the weapon is done by preprogrammed computer information, in other words, no datalink.
When it is all said and done, this isn't a weapon for an Iranian submarine, it is a weapon for a disguised boghammer. The best submarine weapon Iran
still has is the EM-53 bottom-tethered mine, which is more likely to do considerable damage to a warship than any torpedo or missile the Iranian
Kilo's have, plus they keep the Kilo from a direct confrontation, which is important considering they haven't been refit since delivered in the