Re RBU 6000
Will it's rockets not explode if they hit surface ships or land targets ? Are they designed to explode only under water ?
You talk about the system like it has only one type of rocket.
The anti sub rockets are guided and will use sonar to actively home in on a submarine.
The mine rockets will float in the water and if anything comes close or touches them they will explode.
the anti diver models will detonate at a preset depth and can also be used against subs.
And the decoy rockets make sounds and move away from the area to distract subs or torpedoes.
I would say most of the exploding models have an impact fuse as well as a depth fuse or proximity fuse.
Why not ! if it's close to you you fire with everything you have to take advantage.
Because the RPK-8 anti submarine weapon is not cheap and only has a range of about 4.3km... at that range a burst of 30mm cannon shells would probably be more effective.
Any medium gun would be vastly more accurate and more effective too.
I was thinking of very low tech warfare
This system is carried by parchim poti petya class ships which also are the major surface combatants of smaller navies in 80s so maybe this RBU can be used as a weapon against offshore patrol vessels minseweepers coastal merchant shopping etc too esp against opponents who might not have much of a submarine fleet
The mine rockets would be useful to lay in the path of an incoming small boat or torpedo and would also be useful against enemy divers.
A medium gun like a 57mm or 76mm gun would be vastly more useful most of the time.
RPGs and even ATGMs on board could easily also be more useful too.
I wonder why western navies did not retain similar weapons ?
No profit in cheap and simple...
Torpedoes are used against enemy subs now... mostly mini torpedoes of small calibre.
Of course in the US Navy they had ASROC and SUBROC and there was a replacement but it got cancelled because the chance of detecting a Russian sub at 50km was becoming almost impossible... so it was quietly dropped... I believe it was called Sea Lance or something...