Iran test-fires high-speed Hoot torpedo in the Strait of Hormuz

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Iran seems to be making advances in its weaponry, and this has Pentagon officials worried.

U.S. defense officials say that on Sunday, Iran test-fired a high-speed torpedo into the Strait of Hormuz, a vital passageway for most of the world’s oil, reports Fox News.

The Hoot torpedo is believed to have a sophisticated guidance system and a range of six miles.

The underwater missile, reportedly modelled after Russia’s shkval torpedo, uses supercavitation to reach speeds of up to 250 miles per hour — four times faster than a conventional torpedo.

Iran has been testing the powerful torpedo over the past decade, most recently in February of 2015.

This latest exercise was likely testing the weapon’s speed, as it did not appear to be aimed at a target.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Iran tests Hoot torpedo in the Strait of Hormuz
2. Hoot torpedo launched into water, has range of six miles
3. Torpedo uses supercavitation to reach speeds of up to 250 miles per hour

VOICEOVER (in English):

“On Sunday, Iran test-fired a high-speed torpedo into the Strait of Hormuz, a vital passageway for most of the world’s oil.”

“The Hoot torpedo is believed to have a soph isticated guidance system and a range of six miles.”

“The underwater missile uses supercavitation to reach speeds of up to 250 miles per hour — four times faster than a conventional torpedo.”


SOURCES:
Fox, ABC
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/05/08/iran-test-fires-torpedo-in-strait-hormuz.html
http://abcnews.go.com/International/iran-tested-high-speed-torpedo-strait-hormuz-us/story?id=47281701