Torpedo

  • bliss–leavitt mark 8 torpedo

    a modern torpedo is an underwater ranged weapon launched above or below the water surface, self-propelled towards a target, and with an explosive warhead designed to detonate either on contact with or in proximity to the target.

    historically, it was called an automotive, automobile, locomotive or fish torpedo; colloquially called a fish. the term torpedo was originally employed for a variety of devices, most of which would today be called mines. from about 1900, torpedo has been used strictly to designate a self-propelled underwater explosive device.

    while the battleship had evolved primarily around engagements between armored warships with large-calibre guns, the torpedo allowed small torpedo boats and other lighter surface vessels, submarines/submersibles, even improvised fishing boats or frogmen, and later light aircraft, to destroy large ships without the need of large guns, though sometimes at the risk of being hit by longer-range artillery fire.

    modern torpedoes can be divided into lightweight and heavyweight classes; and into straight-running, autonomous homers, and wire-guided. they can be launched from a variety of platforms.

  • etymology
  • history
  • energy sources
  • propulsion
  • guidance
  • warhead and fuzing
  • control surfaces and hydrodynamics
  • launch platforms and launchers
  • handling equipment
  • classes and diameters
  • use by various navies
  • see also
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A modern torpedo is an underwater ranged weapon launched above or below the water surface, self-propelled towards a target, and with an explosive warhead designed to detonate either on contact with or in proximity to the target.

Historically, it was called an automotive, automobile, locomotive or fish torpedo; colloquially called a fish. The term torpedo was originally employed for a variety of devices, most of which would today be called mines. From about 1900, torpedo has been used strictly to designate a self-propelled underwater explosive device.

While the battleship had evolved primarily around engagements between armored warships with large-calibre guns, the torpedo allowed small torpedo boats and other lighter surface vessels, submarines/submersibles, even improvised fishing boats or frogmen, and later light aircraft, to destroy large ships without the need of large guns, though sometimes at the risk of being hit by longer-range artillery fire.

Modern torpedoes can be divided into lightweight and heavyweight classes; and into straight-running, autonomous homers, and wire-guided. They can be launched from a variety of platforms.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Torpedo
العربية: طربيد
asturianu: Torpedu
বাংলা: টর্পেডো
Bân-lâm-gú: Hî-lûi
беларуская: Тарпеда
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Тарпэда
български: Торпедо
bosanski: Torpedo
català: Torpede
čeština: Torpédo
Cymraeg: Torpido
dansk: Torpedo
Deutsch: Torpedo
eesti: Torpeedo
Ελληνικά: Τορπίλη
español: Torpedo
Esperanto: Torpedo
euskara: Torpedo
فارسی: اژدر
français: Torpille
Gaeilge: Toirpéad
한국어: 어뢰
հայերեն: Տորպեդ
हिन्दी: टॉरपीडो
hrvatski: Torpedo
Ido: Torpedo
Bahasa Indonesia: Torpedo
íslenska: Tundurskeyti
italiano: Siluro
עברית: טורפדו
қазақша: Торпеда
Kiswahili: Topido
latviešu: Torpēda
lietuvių: Torpeda
magyar: Torpedó
മലയാളം: ടോർപിഡോ
Bahasa Melayu: Torpedo
Nederlands: Torpedo (wapen)
日本語: 魚雷
norsk: Torpedo
norsk nynorsk: Torpedo
occitan: Torpilha
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਟਾਰਪੀਡੋ
پنجابی: تارپیڈو
polski: Torpeda
português: Torpedo
română: Torpilă
русский: Торпеда
Scots: Torpedo
Simple English: Torpedo
slovenčina: Torpédo
slovenščina: Torpedo
српски / srpski: Торпедо
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Torpedo
suomi: Torpedo
svenska: Torped
Türkçe: Torpido
українська: Торпеда
اردو: آبیگولہ
Tiếng Việt: Ngư lôi
吴语: 鱼雷
粵語: 魚雷
中文: 魚雷