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Anti-submarine missile

An anti-submarine missile is a standoff anti-submarine weapon. They include a missile or rocket designed to rapidly deliver an explosive warhead or homing torpedo, from the launch platform to the vicinity of a submarine.

Ikara, a British-Australian anti-submarine missile.


Depth charges were the earliest weapons designed for use by ships against submerged submarines. These explosives were initially dropped as the ship moved over the presumed location of a submarine. Before World War II, shipboard sonar was unable to maintain contact with a submarine at close range.

Various mortar-type projectors, including hedgehog and squid, were devised during World War II to allow a ship to maintain sonar contact while lobbing explosive charges toward the submarine.[1]

During the Cold War, missiles were developed to provide greater range with reduced recoil. Some missiles and rockets carry homing torpedoes to provide terminal guidance for the warhead.[2]



  1. ^ Hughes, Terry, and Costello, John The Battle of the Atlantic (1977) Dial Press ISBN 0-8037-6454-2 pp.307-308
  2. ^ Albrecht, Gerhard Weyer's Warships of the World (1969) United States Naval Institute p.385

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