Iran has introduced a torpedo which has the ability to reach the speed of 360km/h under water. This super torpedo was introduced by The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
Iran could use this torpedo to intercept and block any shipping done through the Straits of Hormuz. If such scenario is to take place, the consequences would be catastrophic.
Torpedo named Hout can be used on targets in and outside the water. It was revealed during an exhibition in Tehran.
So far, IRGC Navy and Russian army possess this type of weapon. Americans have invested 20 billion dollars over 15 years to develop this weapon but did not succeed.
Russia’s equivalent is named Shkval. Russia was the first to develop this torpedo. The initial development started in 1960’s and led to the later development of Shkval.
The main characteristic of this torpedo is its high speed. This is achieved by the expansion of gases from its engine and the shape of the torpedo, which enables it to go through the water inside of a gas bubble created by the outward deflection of water.
The purpose of Shkval torpedo is to intercept torpedoes launched from undetected enemy submarines. It is believed that the development of a 300-knot (560 km/h) version is underway. This torpedo uses about 1500 kg of hydrogen peroxide and 500 kg of kerosene.
The direction of the torpedo is controlled by four fins, which adapt to enable it to change course.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) also revealed a home-made torpedo vessel, named Zolfaqar. This vessel can conduct torpedo attacks both above and below the water surface. It is 17 meters long, 3.3 meters wide and 3.5 meters high and it weighs 22 tons.
The torpedo vessel will be used in the Persian Gulf as a countermeasure to any hostile move against the country.