WASS: Suc­cess­ful Fir­ing of Black Shark Tor­pedo

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BLACK SHARK, A HEAVY weight tor­pedo (HWT), is con­sid­ered one of the top prod­ucts of White­head Sis­temi Subac­quei (WASS), a company founded by Robert White­head over a cen­tury ago. WASS is in the fore­front of tor­pedo de­vel­op­ment and Black Shark is the re­sult of re­search and cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies in elec­tron­ics, ap­plied to elec­tro-acous­tic field.

Re­cently, Black Shark was tested on a mis­sion in Malaysia. The Black Shark tor­pedo WARSHOT fir­ing was from a Scor­pene sub­ma­rine against a dis­missed ship used a tar­get. The tor­pedo is real tech­no­log­i­cal ex­cel­lence from WASS.

In the demon­stra­tion in China Sea wa­ters, fac­ing the mil­i­tary base of Kota Kin­a­balu, in Sabah re­gion, the fir­ing con­firmed the ex­cel­lent per­for­mance of Black Shark in terms of its com­mu­ni­ca­tion’s re­li­a­bil­ity with the fire con­trol sys­tem through the fi­bre op­tic cable, of dy­namic and acous­tic per­for­mances, the ef­fec­tive­ness of its ignition chain and the ex­plo­sive charge.

WASS and the Malaysian Navy have over 20 years of close re­la­tion­ship and the re­cent demon­stra­tion was car­ried out by the Navy tech­ni­cal staff with the WASS team. The demon­stra­tion is a mat­ter of pride and sat­is­fac­tion to both the en­ti­ties.

Black Shark has been short­listed by In­dia for the Scor­pene sub­ma­rine with BDL be­ing nom­i­nated as the pro­duc­tion agency. With ex­e­cu­tion of this con­tract, the In­dian Navy would have in its inventory the most lethal, ad­vanced and proven HWT in the world.


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