"If the trials are successful, the torpedo will be commissioned, and batch production will start in 2017", said the source.
According to him, just like the currently used torpedo Fizik, the new one will also be IR-homing, but it will be alternatively guided from a submarine. In addition, Futliar will be equipped with advanced homing system having increased undersea target lock-on range. Engagement distance, speed and limit firing depth will remain the same, i.e. 50 km, over 50 knots and 400 meters, respectively.
The interviewee said the Futliar torpedoes would be primarily mounted on Project 955A (Borei-class) and Project 885M (Yasen-class) nuclear-powered subs. When batch production of Futliar starts, Fizik torpedoes will be phased out.
Both torpedoes were designed by JSC Morteplotekhnika Research & Design Institute (St. Petersburg) and will be manufactured by DagDiesel factory.
The Fizik torpedo called upon to replace obsolete USET-80 was commissioned in April 2015.