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Mark 60 CAPTOR



Overview


Mk 60 CAPTOR mine

A Mk 60 CAPTOR mine being prepared to be dropped by aircraft.
Source: US Air Force (Staff sgt. Russ Pollanen) - © public domain

Origin
United States
Type
Naval mine
Entered service
1979
Status
Out of service
Development
1972 - late 1970's
Developer
United States - Goodyear Aerospace
Production
1978 - 1986
Producer
United States - Goodyear Aerospace
Unit cost
$ 113.000 in 1978
$ 378.000 in 1983
Designations
CAPTOR / Encapsulated Torpedo
Notable users
United States

Description


Mark 60 CAPTOR


The CAPTOR mine is an anti-submarine mine that is laid by aircraft, surface vessels or submarines. The name CAPTOR stands for Encapsulated Torpedo. The mine is moored to the sea floor and detects nearby vessels using passive sonar. It is designed to only engage submarines. The submarine launched version of the CAPTOR differs from the air and surface vessel launched version as it is made to fit into a 533mm torpedo tube.

Payload torpedo variants

Mk 46 Mod 4
Mk 46 that serves as payload for the CAPTOR anti-submarine mine, introduced in 1973
Mk 46 Mod 6
The Mod 6 is a CAPTOR version of the Mk 46 that uses some NEARTIP components.

Mk 60 CAPTOR

A drawing showing the modes of laying the CAPTOR and its use against an enemy submarine.
Source: www.fas.org - © copyright lies with original owner

Details


Facts Mark 60 CAPTOR
General
Origin
United States
Type
Moored mine
Launch platform
Aircraft, surface vessels, submarines
Target platform
Submarines
Dimensions
Diameter
530 mm
Length
3.68 m for standard model
3.35 m for submarine model
Weight
1.077 kg for standard model
935 km for submarine model
Operational mode
Trigger
Reliable acoustic path sound propagation
Operational depth
Over 370 m
Payload
Mk 46 Mod 4 or Mod 6 torpedo