TASS Russian news agency
The output of promising UET-1 Ichthyosaurus electric torpedoes will be increased from 2023, a source in the defense industry told the Russian TASS agency.
“The output of advanced UET-1 torpedoes is planned to be considerably increased from next year. A new long-term contract is planned to be signed to provide the Navy with the required number of items. This is not enough to fully equip all Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines operational with the Navy. At least twice more torpedoes will be required”
A Defence industry source
Under a five-year contract signed in 2018, the Dagdiesel Plant in Dagestan is expected to deliver 73 torpedoes to the Navy by 2023.
“This is not enough to fully equip all Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines operational with the Navy. At least twice more torpedoes will be required,” the source said.
TASS does not have any official confirmation of the information provided by the source.
The UET-1 is a new 533mm versatile electric torpedo with enhanced combat and technical characteristics. It is to replace the outdated USET-80 homing electric torpedo. The new torpedo has a higher speed and a longer range of underwater target detection. It can detect the wake of a surface ship and smoothly regulate the speed.
About UET-1 Torpedo:
The torpedo was first announced at the IMDS-2017 exhibition, and a year later, in February 2018, the Dagdizel Plant signed a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense worth approximately 7.2 billion rubles ($95 million) to build 73 multipurpose electric torpedoes (UET-1) for the Russian Navy by 2023. The torpedoes’ state tests were completed in 2020 and entered the service for the Russian Navy in January 2021.
- Maximum range: 50km
- Max speed: 50 knots
- Range of the homing controller from submarine: 3.4km
- Surface ship wake indication time: 500 seconds.
- Torpedo can regulate its speed.