Australia is interested by OCCAR's Light Weight Torpedo Program


According to information published by OCCAR on January 25, 2022, Australia is interested in a number of OCCAR Programmes including the Light Weight Torpedo Programme.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 MU90 lightweight anti-submarine torpedo (Picture source: Australian DoD)


The LWT Programme covers In-Service Support (ISS) for the MU90 torpedoes the Participating States currently have in service.

The MU90 Impact is an advanced lightweight anti-submarine torpedo of the 3rd generation developed by France and Italy for navies of France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Australia and Poland. The MU90 is built by EuroTorp, a consortium of French and Italian companies.

The MU90 is designed to be capable of discriminating between actual and perceived threat, including a bottomed stationary mini-submarine, known versions of anechoic coatings, and various decoys.

It is capable of launch speeds up to 400 knots (740 km/h; 460 mph), allowing it to be dropped from maritime patrol aircraft flying at high speeds, or rocket-assist launchers.

Powered by an electric pump-jet, it can be run at "silent" speeds to avoid giving its location away to the submarine, or "dash" at speeds over 29 knots.


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