Navy Clears Advanced New Submarine Torpedo System for Operational Use

System that underwent year-long experimental period can fire missiles at targets dozens of kilometers away

In this Jan. 12, 2016 file photo, Israeli sailors stand on a German-built  "Rahav" submarine on its arrival in to the military port in Haifa, Israel.
AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File

The Navy announced on Tuesday that it had completed the year-long testing of a modern and advanced torpedo missile system for its submarines. The system successfully underwent a a final test on Monday and was found to be ready for operational use by the IDF

The system is now set to be integrated into the Navy's submarine fleet. In the course of the experimental stage, torpedo systems were launched at ships simulating enemy craft.

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The system includes an advanced torpedo capable of hitting targets found dozens of miles from the submarine, a distance that is considered to be long-range in terms of naval warfare.

Unlike previous iterations, this is a digital system that will allow for future upgrades, according to operational requirements. The long range of the missile enables the Navy to deal with threats in ranges typically outside of the submarines' detection abilities.

The new torpedo system has capabilities to evade detection systems designed to prevent the launch of torpedo missiles. Among other things, the system will be used for submarines supposed to arrive under a procurement agreement with Germany.

The missile can hit targets both above and below the water, as well as targets in shallow water, while being fired from a depth of hundreds of meters below sea level.

"This system enables us to deal with threats in the various arenas and increases our mobility significantly," said a senior Navy official. "It's a step that put us in a place completely different from the one we were in." He added: "This is a lethal weapon in the submarine arena."

Submarines are a significant operation in the IDF, with more than 60 percent of the activities of the Israeli Navy relating to submarines and intelligence gathering, serving as the longest arm of the IDF, positioning itself in various places far from Israel.