ASW weapons like depth charges are used against submarines. It is designed to detonate when dropped into the water nearby, causing a strong hydraulic shock that will kill the target, which is a submarine.
The majority of depth charges use high explosives and a fuze that is set to detonate the charge, usually at a certain depth.
Helicopters, patrol aircraft, and ships can all drop depth charges. The term “nuclear depth bomb” is also used to describe a depth charge that has a nuclear warhead attached.
These were made to be dropped from a patrol plane or to be launched by an anti-submarine missile from a surface vessel or another submarine that was safely away.
The Global Depth charge missile market accounted for $XX Billion in 2022 and is anticipated to reach $XX Billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of XX% from 2023 to 2030.
British Aerospace (BAE Systems) developed the Mk 11 depth charge for aerial delivery from rotorcraft and helicopters used for marine operations.
The Mk 11 depth charge was created for operations in shallow water against surface-dwelling submarines or submarines at periscope depths.
It can be carried and released from a variety of fixed-wing marine patrol aircraft and ASW helicopters with no issues.
The Mod 3 version has an exterior shell and nose piece made of 4 mm mild steel, which is intended to endure entry into the water at high velocities without distortion. It may now be transported aboard Lynx, Merlin, NH90, Sea King, and Wasp helos.
The Bofors Underwater Systems ( Saab Dynamics) BDC 204 depth charge was developed for air delivery from Swedish Navy marine aircraft and helicopters.
It was made in four different weight categories with sinking speeds ranging from 5.2 to 6.8 m/s and was designed for use against submarines operating in shallow waters or at periscope depth in order to cover a wide range of applications.
To cause severe shock and damage to submarines, different depth charges can be deployed in patterns, each depth charge designed to detonate at a different depth.
Both the CASA C-212 Aviocar maritime patrol aircraft and the Boeing Vertol 107 helicopter have been given the all-clear to transport them.
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