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.