Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Iran announces serial production of YT-534 UW1 'Valfajr' torpedo

Iran on 13OCT15 announced serial production of the the Marine Industries Organization YT-534 UW1 Valfajr ("Dawn") anti-surface torpedo.

According to MODAFL, this latest variant of the YT-534 (North Korean export designation for PT-97W) is "mostly utilized in the submarines," features "short pre-launch preparation time" and "detects the target with radars and sonar."

This variant with "U" in the designation appears to provide the Ghadr-class midget submarine with capability to launch the YT-534 type wake homing torpedo. Indeed the video provided below appears to depict an IRIN Ghadr-class test-launching a YT-534 UW1 Valfajr torpedo.

The Valfajr torpedo was previously announced in 2011 with specifications that included a 220 kg warhead.

Seeker head detail of YT-534 UW1 Valfajr ("Dawn") torpedo

Announcing serial production of the YT-534 UW1 Valfajr ("Dawn") torpedo, left to right:
- IRIN Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari
- Minister of Defense IRGC Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan
- IRIN Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari, military head of of Marine Industries Organization (MIO)

IRIN Submarine Test-Launch of Valfajr Torpedo:

Photos: Islamic Republic News Agency

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