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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