Torpedo

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The modern torpedo (historically called an automotive, automobile, locomotive or fish torpedo; colloquially called "fish") is a self-propelled explosive projectile weapon, launched above or below the water surface, propelled underwater towards a target, and designed to detonate either on contact with it or in proximity to it.

The term torpedo was originally employed for a variety of devices, most of which would today be called mines. From about 1900, "torpedo" has been used strictly to designate an underwater self-propelled missile.

While the battleship had evolved primarily around engagements between armoured ships with large-caliber guns, the torpedo allowed torpedo boats and other lighter surface ships, submersibles, and aircraft to destroy large armoured ships without the use of large guns, though sometimes at the risk of being hit by longer-range shellfire.

Today's torpedoes can be divided into lightweight and heavyweight classes; and into straight-running, autonomous homers, and wire-guided. They can be launched from a variety of platforms.

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