The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $165 million contract last week to provide MK54 lightweight and MK48 heavyweight torpedo hardware, engineering and support services.
MK48 torpedo fired by HMAS Farncomb at former Destroyer Escort Torrens, Monday June 14. Credit: Maritime Headquarters and DSTO Australia. PO Scott Connolly and AB Stuart Farrow.
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) is going to produce and deliver 228 MK48 Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System (CBASS) torpedo guidance and control upgrade kits and 192 MK54 lightweight torpedo kits. Nineteen MK48 CBASS upgrade kits will be produced for the Royal Australian Navy and 100 MK54 kits will go to the Turkish Navy via a foreign military sales agreement.
Raytheon is the sole source production supplier of light- and heavyweight torpedoes. They're working under a partnership called Team Torpedo. Raytheon combines manufacturing, design engineering and support services expertise with the systems engineering and testing capabilities of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, R.I. and Keyport, Wash.
In a recent operational test, an MK48 CBASS torpedo was fired from the Royal Australian Navy's Collins-class submarine, the HMAS Waller.