Mark 43 torpedo
The 10" Mark 43 torpedo was the first and smallest of the United States Navy light-weight anti-submarine torpedoes. This electrically propelled 10-inch (25-cm) torpedo was 92 inches (2.3 m) long and weighed 265 pounds (120 kg). Described as "a submersible guided missile", the torpedo was designed for air or surface launch. The Mod 0 configuration was designed for launch from helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft, and the Mod 1 configuration was for helicopters only. Both were electrically driven and deep-diving, but had relatively short range. They were classified as obsolete in the 1960s.
|Mark 43 torpedo|
Mark 43 torpedo mounted on an AD Skyraider
|Place of origin||United States|
|Used by||United States Navy|
|Designer||Brush Development Company|
Naval Ordnance Test Station Pasadena
|Manufacturer||Brush Electronics Company|
|Variants||Mark 43 Mod 1|
Mark 43 Mod 3
|Mass||265 pounds (Mod 3)|
|Effective firing range||4500 yards (Mod 3)|
(6-minute search duration)
|Warhead||Mk 100, HBX (Mod 3)|
|Warhead weight||54 pounds (Mod 3)|
|Mk 19 Mod 13 contact exploder|
|Speed||21 knots (Mod 3)|
|Helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, and surface ships|
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- Kurak 1966, p. 145.
- "Navy Builds Deadlier Anti-Sub Torpedo". Sarasota Journal. Lindsay Newspapers. January 16, 1958. p. 17.
- Kurak, Steve (September 1966). "The U. S. Navy's Torpedo Inventory". United States Naval Institute Proceedings. Cite journal requires