Iran’s “Hoot” Torpedo Documented

In April 2006, Iran successfully test-fired a new high-speed torpedo called Hoot.  It was test-fired again last July, along with various other missiles.

“The torpedo is capable of destroying the largest warships and any other vessel on the surface or beneath the water, and split it into two parts,” according to an Iranian Naval Forces official.

Technical specifications (pdf) for components of the Hoot torpedo are presented in an Iranian document (in Farsi) that was provided to Secrecy News.  The document appears to have been produced by a subunit of Iran’s Aerospace Industries Organization, according to a colleague who reviewed it.

“Only Iran and another country possess the technology to build this [torpedo],” the Iranian press reported after last July’s test, apparently referring to Russia and its Shkval torpedo.  On  4 April 2006, Izvestiya Moscow said that the Hoot resembles the Shkval technically and in appearance, and that Shkval torpedoes may have found their way to Iran via China, where they were delivered in the mid-1990s.  But Iranian officials insist the Hoot is a completely original production.

“From a tactical point of view,” said Rear Admiral Morteza Safari of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps naval forces, “what is of critical importance is that we are everywhere, while we are nowhere!”  (Fars News Agency, July 10, 2008, via OSC).

“Let me briefly say that the intelligence that the Americans have about us is very different from the intelligence that they do not have about us,” he went on.  “What I mean is that they have only little information, and there is a lot of intelligence that they are not aware of.”

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  1. John new December 4, 2008 at 9:19 PM #

    What the Iranian Admiral was trying to say is that basically Americans are Un-intelligent!!

  2. boso December 5, 2008 at 2:57 AM #

    the Admiral can get a job as a stand up comic. He has an unintentional sense of humor.

  3. burocrato January 2, 2009 at 4:41 PM #

    Was scared when saw it in action in joint Chinese-Russian naval exercise. Big smoky flash when launched from surface vessel. Achieves speed by means of solid propellant rocket motor + cavitation. Wide turning radius unless cavitation is lost and speed drops. Noisy as hell due to both speed and motor. No oxidizer vessel, primitive solid fuel geometry, so thrust keeps increasing until flameout, motor can’t be throttled, and almost certainly can’t be stopped/restarted either. Probably incapable of hydrophonics tricks even at noncavitating speed. Impossible not to notice. Conceptually germane to surface-effect airships. As strategically indispensable as Russian helipad-on-moving-vehicle supposed to provide aircover to moving land convoy. USN unimpressed.