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MU 90/IMPACT

MU 90/IMPACT: THE 21st CENTURY’S TORPEDO AVAILABLE TODAY

The MU90/IMPACT Advanced Lightweight Torpedo is the leader of the 3rd generation of LWTs. Designed and built with the most advanced technology, the weapon is of fire-and-forget type conceived to cope with any-task any-environment capability requirements and meet the ASW operational needs of the 21st century.

The weapon has been designed to counter any type of nuclear or conventional submarine, acoustically coated, deep and fast-evasive, deploying active or passive anti-torpedo effectors.

The MU90 is "the" EUROPEAN lightweight torpedo.

The MU90 torpedo has reached performance, efficiency and safety far beyond any competitor.

The torpedo can be deployed by any type of platform such as vessels, fixed and rotary wing aircraft, submarines, missile and continental shelf mine. A specific MU90 Hard-Kill version anti-torpedo-torpedo has also been developed.

Program status

- Industrial TECHVAL (Technical Evaluation) sea trials completed in 1996 (more than 100)
- Torpedo qualified by French and Italian Navy
- OPEVAL (Operational Evaluation) sea trials started in 1997 and completed by mid 2001 (More than 50)

- In service with France, Italy, Germany, Denmark Poland and accepted by the commonwealth of Australia

More than 1000 rounds presently produced

Characteristics

Main Dynamic Features

 
Linearly Variable speed …………………… 29 to >> 50 kts**
Range …………………… >10,000 m at max. speed**
> 23,000m at min. speed**
Minimum depth for launching …………………… < 25 m
Max. operating depth …………………… >> 1000 m**
Agility and manoeuvrability ………………...…. Extreme
Diameter (NATO Standard) …………………… 323,7 mm
Length …………………… 2850 mm
Weight …………………… 304 kg
     

Main Acoustic Features

Operational bandwidth …………………… >>10KHz
Acoustic coverage …………………… 120°H x 70°V
Simultaneous targets …………………… Up to 10
     

Main Counter-Counter Measures

 
Stationary target detection capability
Decoy classification
Anti-Jammer tactics

(**) = real value classified

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