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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Report: Russia Begins Production of New Torpedo

Russian has begun production of a new anti-submarine torpedo system capable of hitting targets 4.3 kilometers away and up to 1,000 meters underwater, a news report said.

If the Russian figures are accurate, the weapon would represent an advance on most current torpedoes which dive to depths of only about 700 or 800 meters, according to Anthony Watts, editor of Jane's Underwater Warfare Systems.

"One thousand meters is certainly an advance on what is quoted in open source literature as normal operating depth ... for most light torpedoes," he said.

The system, called RPK-8, can also be used against torpedoes and underwater objects near the surface, Itar-Tass reported, citing the Russian Defense Ministry.

The Defense Ministry press service declined to comment on the report Tuesday, and officials at the Russian Navy could not be immediately reached for comment.

Unidentified military officials cited by Itar-Tass lauded the new missile as a modern weapon with good prospects on the international weapons markets.

Despite the Russian military's severe funding shortfalls, the country continues to develop new weaponry and strives to recoup development costs by quickly putting items up for sale on world arms markets.