Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: IF21
Origin: Italy
Corporations: Naval Group and WASS*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: BlackShark
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Black Shark Advanced
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Description: The BlackShark, also known as IF21, is a heavyweight torpedo developed by Whitehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquei (WASS) and marketed along with DCNS. It features an extremely quiet electric-propulsion system, silent 50 knots top speed, and a range of 50 km. Low life cycle costs and user-friendly logistic support will also be provided for this torpedo.

Active/Passive acoustic homing head, multi-target capability and an counter-countermeasures system are the main characteristics of this advanced, long range torpedo. These features make BlackShark a serius contender in the long range torpedo market.

In addition to the French Navy and the Italian Navy, the Navy of Chile has purchased BlackShark torpedoes to equip two Scorpene submarines due to enter service in 2005 and 2007. O'Higgins, the first Scorpene ordered by Chile, launched the first BlackShark torpedo on November 20, 2004, while submerged.

BlackShark Applications

Defensive Weapons F21 Fighting Ships Scorpene Basic

BlackShark Specifications

Diameter: 533 millimeter (21.0 inch)
Length: 6.30 meter (248 inch)
Max Range: 50,000 meter (27.0 nautical mile)
Top Speed: 50 knot (93 kph)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
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Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

BlackShark News

There are 6 news between
30 Nov 2004 and 2 Mar 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017Indian Navy Kalvari Submarine Successfully Fires SM39 Exocet Anti-Ship Missile
Wednesday, May 25, 2016India Cancels BlackShark Torpedo Defense Deal With Italy
Friday, July 8, 2011Command & Weapons Control Systems extensions to Italian Submarines
Tuesday, January 27, 2009DCNS Delivers Royal Malaysian Navy's First Scorpene Submarine
Thursday, April 10, 2008DCNS and WASS to Develop French Navy's F17 Heavyweight Torpedo Replacement
Tuesday, November 30, 2004O'Higgins Launches Two Torpedoes While Submerged

Operators & Related Equipment

India negotiating the purchase of torpedoes in March 2013. The deal was cancelled in May 2016 due to corruption scandal.

Grand Total ?8
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