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Torpedoes

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:01 am
by Francis Marliere
Gentlemen,

I know that torpedoes must travel a certain distance before they can explode :they will be a dud if launched too close. Do you know what is this distance ? I am mostly interested in US Mk 8 torpedoes.

Thanks for any help,

Francis Marliere

Re: Torpedoes

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:01 pm
by alecsandros
Francis Marliere wrote:Gentlemen,

I know that torpedoes must travel a certain distance before they can explode :they will be a dud if launched too close. Do you know what is this distance ? I am mostly interested in US Mk 8 torpedoes.

Thanks for any help,

Francis Marliere
From memory it was about 600 meters for the Mark 8... and 400 meters for the Mark 14

The torpedo required a given time to arm itself after launch. That time x torp speed gives you the necessary traveling distance before torp becomes operational.

Re: Torpedoes

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:28 pm
by Francis Marliere
Ok thanks.

Re: Torpedoes

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:17 pm
by lynn1212
us ww2 torps used either a paddle wheel or a nose mounted propeller the measure the arming distance