The Russian Navy will adopt for service the advanced Futlyar deep-water torpedo that is undergoing its state trials now, the Russian news agency TASS reported on June 22, citing a source in the defense industry.
The Futlyar is an upgraded variant of the Fizik homing torpedo. The report says it is undergoing state trials at Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan. It’s expected that the torpedo’s full-scale production shouldwill begin in 2017.
“The Futlyar will also be supplied with an improved homing system with an extended underwater target lock-on range. It will retain the baseline model’s range, speed and maximum launch depth – 50 km, over 50 knots and 400 m respectively,” TASS cited the source.
The Futlyar would equip the Project 955A Borey-A (NATO reporting name: Dolgorukiy-class), Project 885 Yasen-class (Severodvinsk-class) and Project 885M Yasen-M in the first place.
The Futlyar is developed by the St. Petersburg Research Institute of Marine Engineering. The Dagdizel Enterprise will handle its production.