Type 95 torpedo

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Type 95 torpedo display at Yamato Museum.
The Type 95 torpedo was a torpedo of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Based on the formidable Type 93 torpedo ("Long Lance"), the Type 95 had a smaller 405-kilogram (893 lb) warhead, less range and a smaller diameter, and was intended to be fired from a standard 533mm (21 inches) torpedo tube of a submerged submarine. Its range was 9,000 m (9,800 yd) at 49–51 knots (91–94 km/h), or 12,000 m (13,000 yd) at 45–47 knots (83–87 km/h),[1] which is about three times the range of the American Mark 14 with the same speed.

The Type 95 was the fastest torpedo in common use by any navy at the time. Its warhead size was the largest of any submarine torpedo, and second only to the Type 93 "Long Lance" used by Japanese surface ships. It ran on pure oxygen rather than the compressed air used by most torpedo types at the time. Some have claimed this to be the best torpedo of the Second World War.[who?]


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External links

  1. Mark Stille, Tony Bryan. Imperial Japanese Navy Submarines 1941-45. Osprey. p. 7.