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A244/S Mod. 3

A244/S Mod. 3: THE TORPEDO FAMILY SELECTED BY 12 NAVIES

The A244/S Mod. 3 torpedo is the very last evolution of the A244/S fire-and-forget ASW LWT family nowadays in service with 12 Navies.

The unique and extensively proven shallow water performances have been further enhanced in the A244/S Mod. 3 to cope with the submarines evolved capabilities and operational theatres such as:
- Long engagement range to render the launching vessel less prone to the possible reaction of the sub
- Capability to counter more and more sophisticated anti-torpedo countermeasures released by the sub
- Capability to counter more and more silenced threats
- Capability to significantly delay the target alert and its reaction
- Capability to fully cope with the littoral waters warfare

The A244/S Mod. 3 torpedo has been designed to counter the threat posed by any conventional submarine as well as nuclear subs when engaged at the transit speed of up to 15 Kts even when acoustically coated or deploying anti-torpedo countermeasures and evading at a maximum speed of 30 Kts.

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The torpedo can be deployed by surface platforms as well as by fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

Program status

The A244/S Torpedo family is presently in service with more than 15 Navies all over the world and is operational in the following areas:
- Mediterranean Sea
- Arabic Sea
- Baltic Sea
- Caribbean Sea
- Indian Ocean
- Pacific Ocean
- Atlantic Ocean
- South East Asia Basins
- North Sea

More than 1000 A244/S Torpedoes have been manufactured up to now.

CHARACTERISTICS

Main Dynamic Features
 
Speeds …………………… 28 kts to 36 kts in step of 1kts
Range …………………… >13,500 m at low speed
Minimum depth for launching …………………… 30 m
Max. operating depth …………………… >600 m
Diameter (NATO Standard) …………………… 324 mm
Length …………………… 2750 mm
Weight …………………… 254 kg
 
Main Acoustic Features    
 
7 Operational bands
Active, passive & mixed acoustic mode
Combined narrow & broad band operation
Acoustic coverage …………………... 80°H x 40°V
Max detection range …………………... >2000m
Simultaneous targets …………………… Up to 6
 
Main Counter-Counter Measures    
 
IFF pulses
Point-like target classifier
Stationary target detection capability
Self-adaptive thresholds
Target classification through scoring
Frequency/time coded emission pulses
Simultaneous Multi-frequency operation
Target echo level and shape analysis
Submarine length-like windows
Spatial diversity & coherence analysis
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