Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Origin: South Korea
Parent System: White Shark
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1999
Total Production: ?
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Description: The White Shark is a heavyweight torpedo deployed from attack submarines to hit surface ships and submarines in both shallow and blue waters. The Korean Agency for Defense Development and LIG Nex1 carried out its development in the 1990s on behalf of the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN). It homing head features long-range active and passive acoustic search modes that enables the torpedo to remain in standby mode seeking for targets to lock on following its programmed course and depth. The same homing head has been designed to provide high resistance against countermeasures deployed by both surface ships and submarines. Besides, it can deal with multiple targets. The torpedo's guidance is also based on the inertial navigation system (INS) and is fitted with both proximity and impact fuzes. The White Shark's electric motor is fed by a AgO-ZN battery driving a low noise counter rotating motor and pump-jet propulsion system. The new torpedo is compatible with Type 209, Type 214 and KSS-III conventional attack submarines operated or projected by the RoKN.
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