Iran’s Military Fires Advanced Torpedo Based on Russia’s Fastest in the World

Iran tested Sunday a high-tech torpedo based on a Russian model considered the fastest in the world near the Strait of Hormuz, according to U.S. officials.

The Iranian projectile, called “Hoot,” is reportedly based off the Soviet-era Russian VA-111 Shkval, which is capable of traveling at more than 200 miles per hour or four times that of a conventional torpedo, according to The National Interest. Iran’s variant was first seen in a low-quality test video in 2006 and was seen again during a military exhibition held by the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in 2015. Like the Soviet weapon its based off of, the Hoot was said to achieve these breakthrough speeds using a technique known as supercaptivation that vaporizes the water around the torpedo, according to security analysis group IHS Jane 360.

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Iran’s Military Fires Advanced Torpedo Based on Russia’s Fastest in the World