A Major Peacetime Payoff From Faulty Torpedoes

Unlike its performance in Operation Desert Storm, high tech produced some snafus during the 1982 Falkland Islands crisis. Take sonar-guided torpedoes. "They never hit what they were aimed at," says Edward L. Titlebaum, an electrical engineering professor at the University of Rochester. Their guidance systems were confused by similar sonar signals from destroyers, subs, and other torpedoes.

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