What is torpedo?


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

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Some articles on torpedo:

Brennan Torpedo
... The Brennan torpedo was a torpedo patented by Irish born Australian inventor Louis Brennan in 1877 ... pulling out wires from drums wound inside the torpedo ... Differential speed on the wires connected to the shore station allowed the torpedo to be guided to its target, up to 2,000 yards (1,800 m) away, at speeds ...
Torpedoes Used By Various Navies - U.S. Navy
46 lightweight the Mark 48 heavyweight torpedo the Mark 50 advanced lightweight the Mark 54 Lightweight Hybrid Torpedo the Mark 60 Encapsulated Torpedo (CAPTOR) A moored anti-submarine mine that ...
Fast Attack Craft - History
... The idea was first put into action in the 1870s with the steam powered torpedo boat, which was produced in large numbers by both the Royal Navy and the Marine ... extinguished with the introduction of the Torpedo Boat Destroyer (TBD) in 1893, a larger vessel, it could mount guns capable of destroying the torpedo boat before it was within range to use its own ... The design matured in the mid-1930s as the Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs) and Motor Gun Boats (MGBs) of the Royal Navy, the PT boats of the US Navy, and the E-boats (Schnellboote) of the ...
Fiat G.55 - Operational History - Torpedo Fighter
... The Regia Aeronautica employed torpedo bomber with success in the early war years, with the three-engine, SIAI-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero medium bomber inflicting considerable losses on Allied ... to the General staff exploring the idea of using a fighter aircraft for torpedo attacks ... coasts with an operational range of 300–400 km (190-250 mi), would be capable of delivering a torpedo at high speed and evade enemy fighters or engage them after the attack run ...
Anti-submarine Warfare - History
... what would now be called a naval mine but what then was called a torpedo, though various attempts to build submarines had been made before this ... The first self-propelled torpedo was invented in 1863 and launched from surface craft ... The first submarine with a torpedo was Nordenfelt I built in 1884-1885, though it had been proposed earlier ...

More definitions of "torpedo":

  • (noun): A small explosive device that is placed on a railroad track and fires when a train runs over it; the sound of the explosion warns the engineer of danger ahead.
  • (noun): Armament consisting of a long cylindrical self-propelled underwater projectile that detonates on contact with a target.
  • (noun): Any sluggish bottom-dwelling ray of the order Torpediniformes having a rounded body and electric organs on each side of the head capable of emitting strong electric discharges.
    Synonyms: electric ray, crampfish, numbfish
  • (noun): An explosive device that is set off in an oil well (or a gas well) to start or to increase the flow of oil (or gas).
  • (noun): A small firework that consists of a percussion cap and some gravel wrapped in paper; explodes when thrown forcefully against a hard surface.
  • (verb): Attack or hit with torpedoes.