For the next PLAN news update, some detective work yet again:
It is about the long-rumoured follow-on to the Yu-6 Heavy Weight Torpedo, reportedly designated the Yu-10.
It has, more or less, officially began with Bill Gertz usually alarmist, but rather reliable and authoritative article in the Washington Free Beacon about China "Testing a high-speed precision guided torpedo", accompanied with an ill-fitting photo of a Yu-7 LWT launch, dating November 14th 2013:
Due to the typical cryptic and inexpressive nature of Chinese military report on which this Gertz article was based, it was largely ignored by the western PLA-Watching community.
Then, in Summer 2014, Chinese state media leaked some pictures of an unknown and never-seen-before heavy-weight torpedoe, featuring what could be flank-array and pump-jet propulsion according to some analysts:
Again, people didnt know what to do with these pictures and quickly forgot about them.
But now, Chinese military forums are buzzing with people discussing recent insider leaks about certain "Yu-8, Yu-9 and Yu-10 torpedos" having finished their trials and are being introduced into service for quite some weeks now. What makes me doubtful at first is that noone has ever heard anything about these designations at all. But now, after consistent buzzing over multiple chinese military BBS boards, and lots of "Big Shrimps" (Chinese term for insiders/leakers with well known credentials) supporting these rumours with selective leaks, I began digging deeper into that matter.
Coincidentially, Feng, a long-time fellow Chinese military blogger writing for Information Dissemination and Defense News, and who has good reputation among professional military analysts who are often quoting his posts, has written an entry mentioning the ongoing ruckus about the new torpedo:
In his view, the Yu-10 rumours seem credible, as the PLAN has acknowledged the need for a high-speed and long ranged torpedo that is able to chase down the very fast and deep diving USN Nuclear Attack Submarines, as the previous Yu-3A and Yu-6 family arent all that suitable for that role anymore.
Today, a "Big Shrimp" has leaked the prospective stats of the Yu-10 heavy weight torpedo:
Yu-10, the next generation heavy-weight torpedo and the successor of the current Yu-6, was long rumored to be roughly comparable to the Mk-48 Mod-6.
According to the big shrimp, the stats are following:
Low-speed not slower than 28 knots
Medium-speed 40 knots
Top-speed not slower than 55 knots
(possibly top speed still same as the Yu-6/Mk-48 i.e. 65 knots)
Smooth, level-less transition to the different speeds, resulting in low noise emission.
Maximum range of 60 km (at unknown speed)
You are in luck. After 3 years, the rumored Yu-10 has been shown during Xi 's 09III visits in CCTV footage:
If the specification is true with "Top Secret" importance, then range extension and bow passive sonars are giving US submarines some nightmares. On top of YJ-18 missile canister there are 4 black-painted Yu-10, meaning it has to be in service and is mass manufacturering.
< Message edited by Dysta -- 6/16/2018 8:10:24 PM >