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  • 1966    


    Ikara (from the Australian aboriginal meaning throwing stick) was an Australian design for a torpedo launcher. It would launch a Mk.44 torpedo up to 25km towards a submarine and after parachute descent, the torpedo would perform a helical, acoustic search.

    First fitted in Nov 1965 to its trials ship, HMAS Stuart (River class), it was fitted to other River Class frigates and with twin launchers to 3 Charles F Adams class destroyers. The Royal Navy and the Brazilian Navy were also customers. The system had been removed from Australian warships by 1991.

    Specifications

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    24range (km)






    Used by

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    1972UK Frigate Ikara Leander class1
    1973UK Guided-Missile Destroyer Type 82 Bristol class1
    1976BR Frigate Niteroi class1


    Refits

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    1970-jun UK HMS Leander F109 Frigate Ikara Leander class Commenced Ikara refit, completed Dec 1972
    1970-oct UK HMS Ajax F114 Frigate Ikara Leander class Commenced Ikara refit, completed 1973
    1971-oct UK HMS Galatea F18 Frigate Ikara Leander class Commenced Ikara refit, completed Sep 1974
    1973-jan UK HMS Naiad F39 Frigate Ikara Leander class Commenced Ikara refit at HMD Devonport, completed Jul 1975
    1973-may UK HMS Euryalus F15 Frigate Ikara Leander class Commenced Ikara refit, completed Mar 1976
    1973-oct UK HMS Arethusa F38 Frigate Ikara Leander class Commenced Ikara refit at HMD Portsmouth, completed Apr 1977
    1974-dec UK HMS Aurora F10 Frigate Ikara Leander class Commenced Ikara refit at HMD Chatham, completed Feb 1976
    1975-jul UK HMS Dido F104 Frigate Ikara Leander class Commenced Ikara refit, completed 1978


    In Service

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    UK Royal Navy
    BR Brazilian Navy





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