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Military Trends, Technology, and International Developments => China => Topic started by: Ayoshi on December 25, 2018, 03:18:15 PM

Title: Chinese torpedo
Post by: Ayoshi on December 25, 2018, 03:18:15 PM
A Vietnamese Fisherman Reeled In A Chinese Torpedo In The South China Sea | The Drive - December 19, 2018
http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/25596/a-vietnamese-fisherman-reeled-in-a-chinese-torpedo-in-the-south-china-sea

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We don't know where it originated, but pictures and video show the torpedo has a bright orange colored section where the warhead would normally be, typically associated with test and training rounds. One of the People's Liberation Army Navy's nearly 80 submarines may have fired it during an exercise in the South China Sea.

If Chinese forces were unable to recover it, the torpedo could have subsequently drifted towards the Vietnamese shore. Phu Yen sits about 300 miles southwest of the Paracel Islands, a region at the center of a long-running dispute between Vietnam and China. The province is also less than 400 miles south of Hainan Island, home to one of China's biggest submarine bases.

Of course, the entirety of the South China Sea is contested at present, with China insisting that the bulk of the region is its own national territory. It conducts regular air and naval training exercises in and around a series of man-made military outposts to assert its claims. It's hardly the first time a training torpedo has gone missing during a drill only to wash up in a foreign locale, either.

Now that the Vietnamese government has it, they will almost certainly seek to examine it for any potential intelligence value. There is relatively little publicly available information about the Yu-6, which reportedly entered PLAN service in 2005.

It is understood to be a, at least in part, a reverse-engineered U.S. Navy Mk 48 and is virtually identical visually to the American weapon. It may also include design features lifted from the Soviet-era Type 53 series.

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